MSN Autos Trucks to Avoid – GM, Ford, RAM

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Quite often, automotive websites publish opinions on best/worst cars/trucks to buy and normally, they are filled with no-brainers. Yet, a list on MSN Autos has all three domestic trucks – GM, Ford, RAM – as trucks to avoid.  Yep, its true! Here is why they say you should avoid them.

MSN Autos Trucks to Avoid - GM, Ford, RAM

MSN Autos says this 2011 Ford F-150 EcoBoost is a truck to avoid.

MSN Autos list is actually pretty interesting all around with normally stalwart reliable models like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord making the list. While the list doesn’t specifically cite where the information comes from, there are some references to Consumer Reports. Click here to see the full list.

One last note before we get to the trucks it lists. Quite humorously, the list has the model, the model years, what’s wrong with them and then a link to find listings to purchase one. Yep, it tells you everything that is WRONG with it and then helps you BUY one of the models. That makes sense right??

Now, about those trucks:

Chevrolet Silverado 1500, GMC Sierra 1500

Model years to avoid: 2003 – 2006

Here’s another shocker. According to Consumer Reports, General Motors’ mighty Silverado and Sierra pickup truck duo suffer from “a long list of gremlins,” including the CD player, gauges, oxygen sensors, brakes, windows, tailgates and the check-engine light. If that’s not enough to dissuade you, 2003 to 2006 models added 4-wheel-drive failures to the list of dubious accomplishments.

Ford F-150

Model years to avoid: 2003 – 2007, 2008, 2009 – 2011

Not so fast, Ford fans. The F-150 has had its fair share of problems, too. Trucks built between 2003 and 2007 tend to have brake system and 4-wheel-drive problems, while 2008 V8 pickups suffer automatic climate control issues. Meanwhile, owners with 2009 V6, 2010 V8, and 2011 EcoBoost V6 trucks point to rough shifts from the transmission as a sore point.

Ram 2500

Ram doesn’t get away unscathed, either. The company’s 2500 heavy-duty pickup has been the subject of a long list of recalls for a variety of issues. Those include bad drive shafts and rear axles, and faulty dash warning lights. Bad tie rods that could fracture and break, resulting in a loss of steering control, also make the list of common complaints.

Ford F-250 6.0 Diesel

Tempted by that big Ford F-250 diesel? Take a step back. The 6.0-liter Navistar diesel engine has a long list of issues, including loss of power, oil cooler failures, blown head gaskets, warped head bolts and more. Even worse, engine repairs require the entire cab to be separated from the vehicle. Repairs are time consuming and expensive. Stick with a gasoline engine option and you should be good to go.

This list seems to jive with what we have been hearing. The Ford 6.0 diesel isn’t as great as the 7.3L. Chevy/GMC trucks, during those models year, are known to have quality issues. Also, RAM’s 2500 has had quite a few gremlins of its own. The new RAM HDs, we have heard, are much improved. And, of course, the Tundra isn’t listed.

What surprises you on this list? Anything stand out?

(special thanks to Mickey for sending us this link!)

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  1. Mickey says:

    Interesting read. Still don’t like C/R. GM has it’s issues now finally congress wants CEO tomorrow. Think of the new recalls that came out today on GM. Though you will never change the one sided mind people have. To live and die with their manufacturer.

    • Goldie says:

      The good thing about CR is that they purchase all their test vehicles from dealers instead of using the manufacturers’ media fleet which could and probably contains “ringers”. I find that CR reliability ratings pretty much follows other third party surveys such as JD Powers and True Delta.

      • Tim Esterdahl says:

        That is very true. I’ve heard all sorts of stories about press fleet loans including that they are hand built by a custom firm. I don’t know if that is true, but it is interesting.

  2. I am having second thoughts on buying from GM (I was planning to months ago) but with all the issues they are facing right now, the recalls, the CEO-gate (if that’s how you wanna call it), it’s better I stay away my money from them.

  3. Randy says:

    I had absolutely no problems at all with the transmission on my 2011 F150 EcoBoost; that is until the engine Hydro Locked and broke it!

  4. Will says:

    In GMC Sierra 1500 the 4WD transfer case encoder motor position sensor or the selector switch may fail causing the service 4WD message to be displayed. Fault code(s) stored in the transfer case control module will be of assistance in determining the exact fault causing the message to be displayed.

  5. Mike T says:

    Me also facing the same problem moreover the speedometer or other instrument panel gauge may begin to work erratically at times.

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