Engine Oil Pan Gasket May Leak on Mercury Sable

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The engine oil pan gasket can develop a leak. Leaking oil may accumulate on the exhaust system resulting in a burning smell. Replacing the gasket should correct this leak.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 107,556 (13,500–206,099)
Engines affected: 3.0L V6, 3.0L V6 DOHC
14 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1995, more1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
95 people reported this problem
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Last year, during inspection, a note was placed on the report about the oil pan gasket leaking. This year, they say it needs replacing due to leaking and that that will cost $450. Is that a correct cost?
Oil dripping onto garage floor after driving the vehicle and has a burnt oil smell while engine is still hot. Noticed the drips are going onto the exhaust. Looks like I need to get it repaired.
Why no recalls
Oil leak is usually minor, but replacing oil pan gasket doesn't often repair it as many times the leak is coming from the timing chain cover or lower crankcase to block seal and the oil runs down, appearing to be the pan gasket. In any event, it is expensive to repair.
Oil pan gasket leaks, bolts were checked but this didn't help. The gasket was replaced and the leaks have started again but not as bad. The original leaks started before 50K miles, fixed around 90K but started leaking again though not as bad.
Mechanic found oil all over spark plugs and wires from oil leak. He replaced a gasket and said the next thing will be the oil pan or pan gasket. Starting to have that same oil burning smell again when driving. :(
Not fixed I wanted to no if there was a recall on this pronlem
the pan gasket liked and was replaced
Same as described - mechanic noted the seal on the engine oil pan gasket seemed to be leaking. Noticed because of drippings and strong burnt oil smell coming from the exhaust (also comes through vent when car is stationary).
leaks oil from oil pan gasket
When parked it leaks alot I was told that it is the oil gasket its not fix yet it cost600.00 to fix I am so scared while driving
Never again will I buy a sable. To many problems. I've put almost 3,500$ in my car and it still needs work I'm about done I got screwed. You want to give me one fine. I refuse to buy. I'd rather drive a flipping metro. Ha-ha. Anywho my gasket don't leak bad they won't fix it
slow oil pan leak.
oil pan gasket
transmission pan gasket
both leaking
Severe engine oil leak the transmission fluid leak i have a lot of oil leaking
Leaks mostly in the winter months. The smell drives me crazy.
Engine oil pan gasket leaks. No fix.
Burning smell. Tech said it was an oil pan gasket leak. Can't afford $400 bill for repairs.
leaking oil from oil sending unit and oil pan poor design
Oil smell when the engine gets good and hot. Does not spot on floor concrete.