It is quite clear that pickup trucks are absolutely dominating the automobile world. This has been a fact for a long period of time and likely will never not be the case given how strong the market currently is. These vehicles are perfect to use when one needs to get jobs done and when seeing how technological advances are only going to improve the quality of these vehicles, this will forever be a fact. However, with all of this being said, bad trucks exist, as well. Some have even been so poor that buyers completely avoided them during their release years.
In this article, we will be discussing the 20 biggest pickup truck lemons of all time. It is important to note that these vehicles will be coming from a large variety of car manufacturers. Even the most famous and successful models of all time have had a few bad years during their long tenure on the primary market. Some, on the other hand, become failures a little later and end up selling poorly on the secondhand market. All release years are open for discussion, so this will show just how many different decades have been impacted by bad pickups. At the end of the day, there is no question that these vehicles should have never been released in the first place.
Now, let's look at these lemons!
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20 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz X-Class was one of the most hyped-up pickups of this decade. This makes a lot of sense, as this car manufacturer has been making quality luxury vehicles for such a long period of time. However, from what we have seen from this truck, it is clear that it is very underwhelming.
The primary issue that seems to present itself with this truck is that it simply lacks power. This makes it far behind the competition that it is currently facing. It is quite clear that this vehicle definitely has an amazing design, but that is the only positive element of it.
19 2006 Nissan Frontier
The Nissan Frontier series has definitely been able to gain a lot of attention over the years. This is mainly because of the fact that they clearly have been able to create some truly reliable trucks. However, the 2006 Frontier did not follow in the direction of its other models from this series.
It was noted from the start that this truck would end up possessing an abundance of major issues when it came to its engine. This would result in this truck mainly being in repair shops, rather than actually on the road. It also performed very poorly in working conditions.
18 1976 Dodge RamCharger
The 1976 Dodge RamCharger may be a looker, but it is quite clear that this was just not a solid pickup. It would end up lacking in power and this naturally would lead it to be absolutely incapable when being used in working conditions. It would end up being very below average because of this.
It honestly is a bummer that this pickup did not end up being solid. There is no question that it had the potential when it first entered the primary market. However, as time would tell, the car manufacturer simply needed to do a far better job when it came to the overall quality of this truck.
17 2014 GMC Sierra 1500
The GMC Sierra 1500 series is one of the most popular trucks that the automobile world has to offer. This ultimately makes a ton of sense, as it is quite clear that these trucks are normally built to last. However, when it came to the 2014 release, it went in the complete opposite direction.
It is hard to call a Sierra truck bad, but this model has left us with no choice. Many of its drivers would complain about the fact that it came with a ton of transmission issues, as well as a very faulty engine. This definitely is why we see a lot of people already trying to sell them.
16 2006 Honda Ridgeline
The Honda Ridgeline series definitely has gotten a lot of attention over the years. This is largely because of the fact that they have been able to bring us some very solid trucks. However, in the dark year of 2006, it is quite clear that the Ridgeline was a complete lemon.
Unlike previous models, this version of the Ridgeline was far too weak when it came to its overall unibody structure. This would result in this vehicle possessing an extremely short life cycle. To make matters worse, the car manufacturer would end up struggling immensely when it came to its reviews and overall sales.
15 2009 Mazda B-Series Pickup
When the 2009 Mazda B-Series pickup first entered the primary market, it would go on to be a quality vehicle. There is no question that this car manufacturer has been known as being extremely dependable over the years. However, this truck would just end up being an unfortunate entry into the market.
Although it had a very nice design, there is no question that its overall performance was lackluster. It simply lacked the power it needed to be successful in working conditions, and this would quickly drop its overall value. At the end of the day, it is a true shame that this pickup did not end up being better.
14 1972 Ford Courier
There is no question that Ford has been able to be at the top of the automobile world for so long because of their very strong and dependable trucks. However, when looking at the infamous 1972 Ford Courier, it is clear that they missed the mark immensely with it.
This truck definitely had a lot of potential to be a spectacular small-sized truck. It had a very cool look to it, but when it came to the way it drove, it was just unfortunate. This is due to the fact that it was extremely poor when it came to its overall structure.
13 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche
The Chevrolet Avalanche series definitely had a large following during its time on the primary market. However, when it came to the 2007 release, its low performance levels would start the sinking of this truck. It simply would ruin its reputation because of how poorly it would run.
It definitely would have been a great truck if they managed to build it in a far stronger manner. However, this truck ended up having a ton of major problems as a result of how weak it was. Engine issues seemed to be the most well known, but it also had a variety of other repairs that it would need.
12 2010 Ford F-150
The Ford F-150 series is easily one of the best in the entirety of the automobile world. This is a fact that cannot be disputed when seeing how beloved it is. However, when looking at the 2010 release of this model, it can definitely be deemed as a rare, but major, blemish from the line.
This vehicle would go on to have an extremely short life cycle because of the low-quality way that it was built. There is no question that it was far too weak to succeed in working conditions, and this would quickly and severely begin to drop its overall value.
11 2006 Dodge Dakota
The 2006 Dodge Dakota was a complete and utter disappointment. This definitely was bad news for the car manufacturer, as many people would go on to dislike it. As a result of this clear fact, its overall sales would drop off very dramatically and the series would suffer.
It is a shame that the car manufacturer messed up with this pickup truck so badly. There is no question that it definitely could have been at the top of its competition, but it would have far too many problems. The most notable of these was its abysmal steering delays, which, of course, were dangerous.
10 1964 Ford Thames Trader
The 1964 Ford Thames Trader was built primarily to be a top-notch towing vehicle. It definitely was not made to be a looker and that is totally fine. However, when seeing how it would fail miserably with its primary objective, criticism will forever be warranted for this lemon.
This would end up being very unfortunate for the owners of this working vehicle, as it would have absolutely zero reliability. It was just terrible when it came to its performance in working conditions. As a result of this, it easily can be deemed as one of the biggest lemons of all time.
9 2005 Toyota Tundra
The 2005 Toyota Tundra would pique a lot of interest when it first was released. This honestly made a lot of sense at the time, as it clearly was coming from a top-notch series. However, this would turn out to be a rare mistake from the otherwise solid car manufacturer.
This truck would go on to have a high amount of problems when it came to its engine, as well as its interior accessories. As a result of this clear fact, its owners would constantly have to take it to the repair shop. This would quickly drop it in terms of its value and that is entirely justifiable.
8 2010 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
In 2010, the Ford Explorer series decided to make a pickup truck with the Sport Trac. This pickup had a high amount of interest, as many people have loved the Explorer for a number of years. However, it would quickly become known that this truck was full of major issues.
Steering problems definitely were the most noted among them, but there were plenty more. It was clear that this truck absolutely possessed a faulty engine, as well as an extremely weak structure. At the end of the day, there is no question that this had potential but Ford failed to reach it immensely.
7 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT
The Cadillac Escalade definitely has been able to get a lot of attention over the years. However, when it came to their 2013 Cadillac Escalade EXT, it is apparent that they missed the mark. The idea of a luxury truck from General Motors seemed smart at the time, but it was just awful when put into fruition.
There is no question that this pickup truck simply was far too weak when it came to its overall structure. Due to this clear fact, it would go on to need a plethora of repairs. This was completely inexcusable for such an expensive vehicle.
6 2005 Dodge Ram Daytona
In 2005, Dodge released the special-edition Ram Daytona. This truck definitely had a huge following when it was first a part of the primary market, as the Daytona name has been one that car enthusiasts have been waiting to come back for such a long period of time.
However, what would go on to completely ruin this vehicle was the fact that it clearly was rushed during its development. There is no question that Dodge wanted this truck released as soon as possible because of its nostalgia factor. This would end up backfiring when seeing how poorly it would end up running.
5 1977 Chevrolet LUV
The 1977 Chevrolet LUV was supposed to be a special small-sized truck. There is no question that this is why so many people wanted to add it to their garages. This was supposed to be a truck that came with a lot of power but also great daily utility.
However, this would absolutely not end up being the case. This is due to the fact that this truck ended up having an extremely unreliable engine. This would result in it needing a lot of repairs but the problems would never completely disappear for them. It is a shame that it could not have been better.
4 2002 Lincoln Blackwood
For one release year, Lincoln unveiled the Blackwood pickup truck. This vehicle would go on to possess a high amount of hype, as it was supposed to be the perfect mix of luxury and power. However, as we would find out instantly, this truck was a complete and utter lemon.
This clear fact would result in the car manufacturer opting to finish the series after just one model year. This definitely is a bit disappointing to this day, as this truck could have been something that Lincoln desperately needed to succeed even more. However, it is now seen as one of the biggest lemons ever.
3 2009 Hummer H2 SUT
The 2009 Hummer H2 SUT definitely can be deemed a complete lemon. This truck was so poor that it would help lead to the discontinuation of the car manufacturer. There is no question that it should have never been released, but alas, one cannot turn back time.
The biggest issue that would end up occurring from this vehicle was that it was prone to having a significant amount of suspension problems. It did not help that it lacked any real amount of power, as well. At the end of the day, it is clear that it never should have been released.
2 1976 Cadillac Mirage
The 1976 Cadillac Mirage is easily one of the biggest lemons in the history of the automobile world. It is hard to call this vehicle a pickup when looking at its design, but it is one. This is a car that has also been forgotten by many because of it left zero impact.
This vehicle was structured extremely poorly and this would result in it needing a plethora of repairs. People would end up not getting much use of it as well because it sadly ended up also having a very short life cycle. This was just a complete mistake form Cadillac.
1 2004 Chevrolet SSR
To round off this list, it is quite clear that the 2004 Chevrolet SSR is the biggest lemon out of all the pickups to have ever been released. This is largely because of the fact that this vehicle clearly lacked an overall purpose within the automobile world.
It is quite clear by just looking at it that it had absolutely no point. Its design made it impossible to use in working conditions, which made people naturally avoid it. However, when seeing how questionable its overall style was, as well, there is no question that it will forever receive a high amount of criticism from us all.
Sources: Autowise, Car Complaints, and Edmunds.