We all love beating the high cost of buying trucks. As popular as they remain, there are still some great deals that pop up from time to time. Sometimes they are just too good to pass up. But there may be reasons why certain truck years and models are cheap, and it’s not because they’re cheap to maintain.
When reviewing forums and analyzing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration complaints, some trucks stand out as being expensive to maintain. Sometimes it is the number of withdrawals in a given year. Other times it’s the expensive repairs that add up noticeably for certain truck model years. We’ll cover the reasons why you should probably stay away from any of the following trucks.
2004 Ford F-150
Reliable as they are, this year of Ford’s F-250 was problematic. First of all, there were 16 recalls of the 2004 F-150. And unrelated to the recalls, one of the main problems was blown engine spark plugs. This can usually happen around 150,000 miles on the ticker. But this is not the only problem that appears in this mileage.
A rough idle is another complaint that occurs at this same mileage. This is caused by the EGR sensor sticking. When that happens, the idle is affected. Finally, a common complaint is about noisy rear ends. Usually this is due to a worn differential clutch. If you’ve fallen in love with a particular 2004 F-150, you should check to see what repairs and maintenance have been done before you take the plunge.
2005 silver chevrolet
The Chevrolet Silverado has a strong history of dependable service. But a counterpart to that reputation is the 2005 Silverado. Owner complaints run the gamut, making it difficult to determine where a potential used-truck buyer should look. The good news is that some of these issues should have been fixed under warranty.
The recalls were for fuel lines, steering boxes, problems with the manual transmission gear changes, leaking power steering hoses, brakes and rear seat belts. For customer complaints, they focus primarily on transfer case failure, temperature control actuator issues, and fuel level sensor failure. But electrical system issues and fuel injection issues also seem to get plenty of complaints. As you well know, any of these can add up to significant repair costs.
2007 toyota tundra
If nothing else, Toyota has a reputation for quality and reliability in all of its models. The Tundra is no different. But the 2007 Tundra, in addition to having six recalls, has a long list of complaints with the NHTSA. Most of them don’t surface for 100,000 miles. These include exhaust manifold leaks, causing a repeated ticking noise, air injection pump failure, and fried oxygen sensors.
The recalls covered everything from issues with heated seats to broken driveshafts. Then there are the dreaded Takata airbag failures, which can cause metal fragments to come into contact with passengers should they activate. Stuck accelerator pedals and fried power window switches are some of the others.
2002 ram 1500
We go all the way back to 2002 for issues with the Ram 1500. This year Ram has a litany of complaints beginning with issues with the engine not turning over with cranking attempts. The failure of the four-wheel drive sensors is, however, another problem. Both coolant leaks and water leaks through window seals add to homeowners’ frustrations. As these full-size trucks reach 100,000, which almost all of them will have done by now, these problems become more prevalent.
Mid-2000s Nissan Frontier
The Frontier has always been Nissan’s best-selling truck. Its versatility and size make it perfect for many homeowners. But 2005-2007 Frontiers have transmission problems. They fail due to antifreeze leaks in the transmission case. Bad seals in the radiator are to blame. Distributor shafts can also rust, causing shaft bearing failure. There are also complaints about malfunctioning EGR valves and EVAP canisters.
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