While 98 was free from, changes, with the exception ofminor refinements, the Sable did offer a new gauge cluster, new wheels and anupdated suspension system. A revised hood and deck lid with new grille andupdated headlamps and taillights graced the 99 body year, with notable updatesalso made to the powertrain and safety features. The only additions for 2000were four new body colors and minor interior revisions. Trim updates and minorchanges were the only new additions for 2001. A standard 60/40-split rear seatwas offered in 2002, alongside other subtle updates to trim levels. Someshifting of trims and packages were all that was seen for 2003. Retired brieflyafter 2004, the Sable would not be introduced again until 2008. The all-newbody style was based upon the popular Montego, and offered a better engine, asmoother drive, a spacious and quiet cabin and new suspension, amongst hundredsof updates that were made to the complete overhaul of this car. It would passinto 2009 with only minor tweaks being made from the year previous.