One of Mazda’s first ventures into the pickup truck lineup was the Mazda B-Series, a pickup truck so weak that you could barely do anything with it. When you look at its design and road handling, everything seems perfectly normal. However, this all changes when you finally get some dirt action and try using it to haul some heavy-duty stuff. Mazda essentially chose to make the car more fit for the road than the actual offroad terrain it was supposed to have been made for, all in the name of efficiency.
The Mazda B-Series turned out to be one of the worst-performing pickup trucks ever. While it may look like a pickup truck, what’s under the hood is not that in the least. The company stopped making pickup trucks in 2009 after realizing how horrible they were at producing them and instead outsourced the work to Isuzu, who currently collaborates with the former on next-generation pickup trucks for North America.
The 2009 Hummer Was An Absolute Disaster
Hummer is best known for being one of the most prominent military vehicles currently in use by the US military. It’s a tough, sturdy, and an absolutely monstrous piece of metal that makes the enemy flee in fear. At the same time, Hummers work extremely well when it comes to military use. When it comes to public consumers, however, this vehicle is an absolute disaster. Doug DeMuro, a popular car reviewer, called the Hummer “the most embarrassing vehicle you can drive.” If you ignore the extremely negative stereotype that Hummer drivers get, this one was still very much unfit for regular drivers.
The 2009 Hummer was extremely expensive, very hard to drive, drank gas like it was water, was immensely difficult to park, and very uncomfortable to sit in. There's a good reason why Hummer stopped producing these for consumers in 2010, and you have the evidence why right here. In today’s climate of fuel efficiency, comfort, and high technology, there’s absolutely no reason to buy a Hummer, which is why you don’t see them on the road anymore.
Ford’s F-150 2004 and 2005 Models Had Many Issues
The Ford F-150 is hands down the most popular vehicle in the United States, especially when it comes to the pickup category. Despite its popularity, the 2004 and 2005 models of the truck have been riddled with various issues, from spark plugs breaking off to loud noises from the motor and even engine failures, which cause the cars to completely shut down.
There were many other issues related to the 2004 and 2005 models of the F-150, and we’re not surprised that Ford was quick to pick up on them. If they would have taken even one more year to do so, there is a strong chance that the F-150 would not have been at the excellent place that it is right now. We can only hope for continued improvements and for Ford to make sure that future versions of the truck are as problem-free as possible.
Ford Bronco Isn’t As Fun As You'd Think.
When you're looking to purchase a pickup truck for entertainment purposes only, there's a good chance you'll find yourself taking a look at Ford's Bronco model, which puts in all the fun of driving a 4x4 on the bumpy off-road terrains while offering some of the features and benefits that you'll often find in a pickup truck such as towing capabilities.
Unfortunately, this car was mired with various problems under the hood for many of its versions and still continues to have problems to this day. Of course, people who are buying Broncos won't be reading this article or listening to this advice anyway, but sometimes you have to preach to the deaf. You might have a huge smile on your face when first purchasing this 4x4 monstrosity, but you won’t be as happy when you find yourself having to tow the car from the side of the road.
The RAM 1500 Had Terrible Reliability Issues
Depending on the year in which you bought your Ram 1500, you could be looking at a range of issues. The car's third generation (2002-2009) suffered from very common exhaust manifold bolt breakage, which almost got to the point of recall. The fourth generation (2009 to 2018) had a lot of issues with the TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module), which caused the truck to malfunction. The 2019 version of the Ram 1500 has been relatively problem-free for the time being.
It’s extremely important to make sure that pickup trucks are reliable prior to selling them, especially those that rely heavily on electronic systems. These trucks are often carrying heavy equipment in very challenging terrains, so a malfunction in one of these fields could result in a massive loss of money and a potential safety risk for everyone involved. We’re glad to see that Ram has been picking up the pace on preventing these issues, although more can certainly be done.