When Nissan first introduced its 2006 Frontier pickup truck, audiences were quite excited by the shiny new vehicle. Unfortunately, the car failed miserably to live up to its expectations, as it ended up being a horrible nightmare when it came to transmission. Seven of these vehicles were recalled by Nissan due to safety risks, and let’s just say that people weren’t exactly happy about it.
The recalls were a very problematic PR nightmare for Nissan, as it was later found out that the car had cases of the fuel system, suspension, and engine malfunctions which all lead to possible crashes. If you see this car on the cheap in used car shops, there’s a good reason why, and it’s not because you found a great bargain. This is one pickup truck to avoid, as if your life depends on it (because, to some extent, it does).
The 2002 Subaru Baja Didn't Earn Many Fans
Subaru took another crack at the pickup market, which they hoped would work better than the BRAT. This time they actually took the time and resources to develop a real pickup truck rather than a coupe with a flatbed attached to its rear. They hoped that the car would attract new consumers, marketing it as an adventure vehicle for offroad fun rather than a classic work pickup truck.
Unfortunately for the automaker, the marketing didn’t exactly capture the consumers' interest, and the Baja was cursed with awful sales for four straight years until Subaru decided to discontinue it in 2006. Nowadays, instead of being remembered as a nostalgic truck or something to be fond of, it’s mostly looked upon as a joke, like one of those times your uncle quit his job and created a start-up only to end up regretting the whole thing.
The 1972 Ford Courier Was Underbuilt
Some cars are only related to their manufacturers by name. Such is the case with the 1972 Ford Courier, which was quite a disgrace even for a car in the early ‘70s. This pickup truck was basically a slightly varied model of the Mazda B-Series. Ford basically started making the Courier in 1952 and stopped in 1962, but when it wanted the car model to make a comeback, they just paid Mazda for the rights to use their B-Series model instead of developing one of their own. Imagine basically buying a Mazda B-Series that has a Ford badge on it. This is how far the company went in terms of effort to make their version of the pickup truck unique.
Obviously, this was picked up by consumers, and eventually, Ford had to make adjustments. No wonder why they basically pulled the plug and started all over again just four years later. The 1977 Courier was finally a true Ford vehicle and was based on a similar engine to that of the Mustang II and Ford Pinto. Almost everything had changed in the car except the headlights and a few minor details. Unlike its previous monstrosity forefathers, this model served the company well into the mid-'80s.
The Dodge Ram Daytona Was Also More Looks Than Power
Dodge's Ram brand is known today as one of the fiercest competitors when it comes to heavy-duty trucks and SUVs. Anyone who's seen the scary Ram insignia on top of the even scarier car grill can instantly recognize exactly what kind of car they're looking at. The company definitely nailed it when it came to looks with their 2005 Ram Daytona, which attempted to take over a large part of the pickup truck market.
The car looked like a bulky goliath and had a grill that could cause little children to cry. Unfortunately, if you actually looked under the hood, you'll be quite disappointed. In what appears to be the best demonstration of the phrase "barking dogs don't bite," this pickup truck is much more focused on looking nasty than actually being nasty. It's basically the same error that the Mazda B-Series made, with the most obvious ramifications — the car was discontinued that year.
The F-250 and F-350 Had Their Fair Share of Problems Too
The 2000s were a tough time for Ford. As the United State’s leading car manufacturer, especially in the pickup category, they knew that competition was coming from left and right, which forced them to do whatever it takes to stay on top. Unfortunately, this rush to being first place did take its toll in various years throughout the decade, which caused the F-250 and F-350 to also be riddled with a myriad of issues. The worst years in terms of problems for these vehicles were 2006, 2008, and 2011. Luckily the automaker got its act together by the time the new decade rolled in.
These versions of the F-150 and F-250 suffered from frequent engine failures, which cause the trucks to stop working either mid-drive or right before starting up the vehicle. Other issues included weird shaky suspension, which caused customers to return their trucks to Ford in a sort of silent recall. The F-250 also had a few problems specific to it, such as breaking prematurely and accelerating for no reason while driving.