Deciding to buy yourself a new pick up truck is an extremely personal activity for a lot of us. It could prove to be quite overwhelming for consumers when they walk into dealerships to narrow down which truck and in which spec, more importantly, do they want to take home since every salesman is bound to put forth the best foot for their product never highlighting the shortcomings. Yes, there are bucket loads of good and great pick up options available in the market today but there definitely are a few that you wouldn’t want in your life, especially if you plan on doing “truck stuff” with your truck. It is very essential for the consumer to understand what kind of commitment they are walking into since buying a pick-up truck is a huge investment for most.
The Chevrolet Colorado is quite a handsome looking truck, but don’t be fooled by the enticing looking exterior, as this is one of the least reliable trucks you can go out and purchase right now. Since it’s re-incarnation in 2015, many owners have reported issues ranging all the way from electrical niggles with the climate control to failing suspensions and gearbox malfunctions. Colorado has been among the worst pickups in reliability scores and we would recommend you don’t touch this hot mess with a ten-foot pole even if your life depends on it.
The 2019 Nissan Titan is nothing more than an underwhelming product from a brand that could do so much more. The newly refreshed Titan though has some minor revisions in the form of better interiors, redesigned exteriors and a little bit more equipment but still pales in comparison to its competition, which offers much better value at the same price. There have also been inherent issues with the Titan’s body structure as it has shown widespread integrity issues in the form of leaks and cracks developing and many auxiliary engine components in the form of belts and pulleys failing prematurely. Nissan claims to have fixed all these niggles with the 2020 Titan, but that is yet to be seen and tested.
The Tacoma might come up as a shock to most people who associate Toyota products to be extremely reliable and low maintenance since it is tough to find faults with most of the manufacturer’s products. When it comes to the Tacoma though, it is quite a different scenario since the Tacoma has consistently been rated among the worst small pick up trucks since it’s a redesign in 2016. The Tacoma suffers from multiple issues in the form of transmission and drivetrain trouble with users reporting rough shifting coupled with a slipping transmission. Though the issues with the Tacoma are not as worrisome as some of the other trucks mentioned in this list, it is still a stain in Toyota’s clean sheet reliability report.
Chevrolet Silverado 2500 HD
It is quite a slap in the face of a manufacturer if one of their heavy-duty work truck falls into the bad books of its consumers because of reliability issues since the particular segment prioritizes nothing more. The Silverado 2500 HD has been suffering from a pretty traumatic year as it has not been able to climb the reliability ladder owning to an extensive list of problems that has cornered it. Some of the most common issues come in the form of fuel system trouble and transmission issue while body integrity and drivetrain have also become questionable attributes.
The Ford Ranger is one of those trucks that we genuinely wanted to like but the product missed the mark by such a long shot, that considering a true blue oval pickup truck, would be a huge mistake on the part of the consumer. The Ranger, unlike others in this list, doesn’t necessarily suffer from reliability issues but more of an existential crisis. The Ranger comes off as a lukewarm truck that is neither small enough to be a compact truck nor large and rugged enough to be a full-size pickup. The lack of capability for a truck that costs as much as it does, is something that can’t just be ignored.
GMC Sierra 2500 HD
This entry is certainly not going to be a shock to most of you since the Sierra 2500 HD is, surprise surprise, a Silverado 2500 HD under all of the different bodywork. The fact that these two are built on the platform and are mechanically identical, makes it quite obvious why the Sierra 2500 HD struggles from all of the same issues as the Silverado 2500 HD. Poor predicted reliability ratings by the Consumer Reports, for 4 consecutive years, is definitely not something that goes down well with the consumers.
The Ram 3500 is a vehicle that boasts of class-leading hauling and towing statistics. This heavy-duty work truck, though, is one of the best at doing its job. However, it could soon turn into a headache, for when the troubles start to creep in. The Ram 3500, has been consistently reported to have been plagued with suspension, steering, and fuel system issues. Most of these issues are usually addressed under the warranty but for most buyers, these are still going to cost you tiring and frequent visits to your nearest Ram dealer.