10 American pickup trucks that will bankrupt you with maintenance and repairs
The versatility of a pick-up attracts more and more buyers every year. Pickups have become more refined and efficient than ever, and there’s no denying the appeal of such a vehicle.
For those of us who can only own one vehicle, they make even more sense. The van market has grown tremendously in recent years and as a result, the used market has also exploded. Pickups, for the most part, have proven to be more durable than similarly priced cars and usually still have plenty of life even when others perceive otherwise or simply choose to upgrade.
Some cheap pickups are really cheap for a reason, though, and will probably bankrupt you if you try to keep them on the road.
10/10 Ford SportTrac
Back to the early 2000s, Ford saw where the market was heading and rushed its leisure-focused pickup to market.
They decided the Explorer platform was a good choice for comfort, but that meant the bed was much shorter than most would have liked. More worryingly, this was a rig with a less than stellar reliability record. In total, the explorer was recalled 16 times.
9/10 Chevy Colorado
Chevy got off to a rocky start with its midsize pickup. Today people trust the Colorado name, but in the 2000s it was a bit of a running joke.
GM was strapped for cash at the time, so little investment was put into its development. Pretty much everything they made at the time had subpar build quality, awful interiors, and less than stellar reliability.
8/10 Hummer H2 SUT
The Hummer and by extension, the SUT “pick-up” variant were virtually doomed. The H1 became a cult hero and was everything it claimed to be: a tough, uncomfortable, diesel-guzzling troop carrier.
The H2 was going to be the refined, civilian-friendly version. Unfortunately, it was anything but refined thanks to its poor build quality. It simply consumed gasoline instead of diesel and sometimes caught fire.
7/10 dodge dakota
Like many pickups, the Dakota has a fairly large fan base, but those who live anywhere near the coast or along the Rust Belt…well, they might have a different impression of this pickup.
If you see a Dakota today without any rust, you might just be looking at the only one, or the one someone took the time to fix. Even their brake lines sometimes rust through – something that is deeply concerning.
6/10 Ford F-150
While this generation of F-150 will go down in history as one of the best-selling vehicles of all time, it also has its fair share of issues.
It had a bad habit of popping spark plugs, which could have been fixed in pre-production, but Ford decided to just fix warranty vehicles instead. While not a break, if it happens in conjunction with another known fault, a leaky fuel line, things might get a little too interesting.
5/10 dodge ram
The Cummins diesel-powered Rams of the 80s became increasingly popular. The prices reflect that fact, but if you spot one that’s cheap, beware.
These were work vehicles that may not have been properly maintained, and you could end up taking on something that requires a lot of expensive deferred maintenance.
4/10 Jeep J10
Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful microphones of this era. Its problem starts with the fact that it was never meant to be a body-on-frame design, but a unibody SUV.
AMC basically grafted a pickup bed onto an SUV. As a result, rust is a big and very obvious problem, and it can damage the bed. There’s also that AMC V8 that the vast majority came with, which likes to snack on his own oil pump.
3/10 Chevy Avalanche
Chevrolet was onto something with the Avalanche. They saw the need for more recreational oriented vans and actually created something that was definitely more like a car to drive and quite innovative.
Unfortunately, it suffered from the same poor build quality as anything GM had made in the 2000s. There was a long list of frustrating issues, including an interior that would crumble and those bad airbags provided by the now infamous Takata.
2/10 Lincoln Blackwood
The Blackwood, like most of Lincoln’s luxury offerings, is a bloated Ford. Therein lies the problem, as the base Ford wasn’t quite up to snuff.
While this worked well for most of their vehicles, taking something solid and adding luxury, all they did here was add a badge and more electronic gremlins.
If you think we’re picking on GM a bit, well, we are. The Canyon quite obviously suffers from the same weaknesses as the aforementioned Colorado.
This only serves to highlight the risk of badge engineering. If you’re going to display your name on something, make sure it lives up to your brand’s standards.