5 Classic Trucks That Are Surprisingly Reliable (5 That Will Bankrupt You)
Truck prices are now crazy. There are still a few great classic trucks you can buy before their prices skyrocket. In the classic truck segment, you will find many interesting vehicles whose prices can appreciate. These used vehicles appreciate a lot because of their insane reliability.
Before complex technology became the focus of any new vehicle, trucks had simple designs and did truck stuff with high reliability and minimal fuss. In contrast, modern vehicles have several sensors and technological gadgets that can break down, requiring costly repairs and maintenance costs. Today we look at five extremely reliable classictrucks and five that could bankrupt you with extreme repair and maintenance costs.
10/10 Surprisingly reliable – Toyota Hilux
Toyota’s best-selling car is the Corolla, followed by the Hilux, which is now over 50 years old. No matter where you are in the world, you’ll likely find one carrying up to a ton of cargo down a dusty lane. In the mid-1970s, Toyota retired the “Hilux” name in the US market, but it retains its name for other parts of the world.
This indestructible utility vehicle has thousands of businesses around the world daily. The Hilux was also the parent vehicle of the 4runner, a reliable SUV with a lifespan of almost 30 years. Kudos to Hilux for being the first compact truck to include all-wheel drive, a staple in the segment today.
9/10 Will bankrupt you – Mazda B Series (Erratic Electrics)
The Mazda Rotary Truck would be the obvious choice if you wanted a fun, rare truck with an old-school look (nice flared wheel arches) that everyone loves. Every Mazda fanboy has at some point had a wet dream thinking of its high-revving, four-port, 1.3-liter four-barrel carbureted engine.
Unfortunately, this little truck is a big gas and oil guzzler, which is not pleasing to anyone during the current energy crisis. Rotary engines don’t last a decent mile, so you’ll need a lot of confidence and cash to work on these classics.
8/10 Surprisingly reliable – Ford F-150 SVT Lightning
Many remember the Lightning F-150 SVT like a Triton 5.4 on steroids. It had 8.5/1 compression pistons, a forged crank, heavy-duty cooling, a trans cooling system and a recalibrated PCM. Although it was two cylinders lighter than the Viper-powered Ram SRT10, it was quicker.
This freak of nature was faster than the SVT Mustang Cobra, clocking in at just 5.2 seconds in a 0-60 mph sprint. Given the high-performance state of the engine that powers this car, any issues that may involve leaks are minor.
7/10 Will bankrupt you – Cadillac Mirage (parts are rare and expensive)
Where the Mazda Rotary Truck is a rare find, this truck is a needle in a haystack, as Cadillac only made 200 of them. If you’re extremely lucky, you might find one in a barn for between $7,000 and $48,000. However, it is better not to buy them, as they are a major source of headaches.
rarer than Ferrari Enzo (there were only 400 Enzos), spare parts for these hand-built trucks are extremely hard to find. You would have to do everything custom with these trucks and suffer the looming nightmare.
6/10 Surprisingly Reliable – Jeep Comanche
Some consider the Jeep Comanche to be the perfect truck ever designed. Even a creaky, smelly old Comanche might surprise you with its brilliance. Most trucks in the 1980s sucked at just about everything except doing truck stuff, but that’s where the Comanche stood out.
This truck was a special mix of ‘Work hard, Play hard’. You could load it with planks or hay in the back, but in the front it was comfortable. This big brother of the Cherokee could last over 300,000 miles, a feat unheard of in its time.
5/10 Will bankrupt you – Subaru BRAT (Complex Four-Wheel Drive System)
On the contrary, the Subaru BRAT was a safety hazard with factory-fitted seats in the bed and a T-top for the front passengers. While many people may consider this fun, due to modern safety standardsthese cars are no longer allowed.
The engines in these cars produced very little power and were small enough that Subaru could fit a spare tire in the engine compartment. Expect to spend a significant amount of money fixing the brat’s transmission and brake issues. In addition, the electronics of these cars were below average and will constantly fail.
4/10 Surprisingly reliable – second generation Dodge Ram
Dodge radically redesigned the Ram in 1994 to meet modern demands. The new fenders and rounded hood attracted buyers who converged on Dodge dealerships to buy a new truck. Sales of this new market favorite exploded and Dodge sold these trucks until 2001.
If you find one of these trucks housing the famous Cummins diesel engine, they are the most capable and reliable. The reason is that the design was simple without a lot of fancy new technology.
3/10 Will Bankrupt You – 1992 – 2000 6.5 Liter TurboDiesel Chevrolet 2500 or 3500 (Engine Problems)
When you look at the market, you might start thinking, “Oh, great, a turbo diesel on the cheap, what a bargain!” ” But buying these trucks could be one of your biggest mistakes.
An optical sensor on the injection pump responsible for controlling the engine would clog, resulting in a failed start. Like typical Chevy small blocks, these engines require so much torque to start that they break the flange where the starter mounts, resulting in an unusable block. Unless you have a lot of money to waste, you better avoid these trucks.
2/10 Surprisingly Reliable – Chevy and GMC C/K Series
GMC and Chevy have implemented the GMT 400 platform to enter the final generation of the C/K series from 1988 to 2000. This new foundation also saw the C/K trucks gain independent front suspension which improved steering and ride quality.
This move by GM helped shape the light truck industry and catapulted pickup trucks to be America’s favorite vehicles. C/K trucks equipped with the 5.7-liter small-block V8 offer the most capability, and although they are street racers in DNA, they will easily accept off-road modifications.
1/10 Will bankrupt you – 1997 – 1999 Ford F250 (rust issues, faulty fuel lines)
The F250 was host to various issues, including exhaust manifold cracks and leaks, tachometer failure and engine oil pan leaks. It is also not uncommon to find faulty catalytic converters.
The most expensive repairs to the truck will be to the engine and engine cooling, powertrain, electrical system failures, and suspension issues. Ford recalled several of them for rust problems in the bodywork and fuel tanks. These trucks had a lot of potential, but to buy them today is to enter an obvious financial pit.