The 2004 Chevy Silverado Hybrid came about at a time when people were beginning to wonder if huge gas-guzzling trucks were the right thing the go for. Chevy promised a pared-down truck experience that would be more economical and ecological. At first, the Silverado Hybrid lived up to the promise and even had some cool features in the cab.
However, people eventually realized that it only had about a two mpg advantage over a standard model, and for less towing space and features, it was too little.
The Chevy and GMC C/K 6.5 L Was a Mechanical Failure
After the 6.2 L engine faded away like a bad joke, Chevy and GMC developed a new engine with the help of craftsmen Detroit, the 6.5 L. However, it still suffered in multiple areas, including indirect injection and poor output, averaging only 180 HP.
Compared to the Powerstroke Ford engines from the same time, it was outclassed. There were mechanical problems, too: the pump-mounted driver was a common failure point, which caused starting issues, stalling while driving, and more. Truck drivers learned to stay away and buy elsewhere.
The Ford Super Duty 6.0 L is the Worst Modern Diesel Engine
The engine in the Ford Super Duty 6.0 L was so bad it resulted in a legal battle between Navistar (Powerstroke's parent company) and Ford. The issues are numerous and heavy, including a head gasket problem and an absolute disaster of a fuel system rife with failures and leaks.
The worst part is to get at these problems; it was common to have to remove the entire cab of the truck, meaning repairs took forever and cost a wad. With those kinds of issues waiting to drop, would you pick this truck up? Not likely.
The 1972 Chevrolet LUV Was Barely a Chevy
Chevy's first mistake when it came to the LUV was branding it as an all-American model at a time when all three of the big U.S. automakers were importing Japanese trucks. Well, the LUV was anything but all-American since it featured numerous parts and design elements from overseas manufacturers.
There's also the fact that its engine put out a minuscule eighty horsepower, about as powerful as a compact car like the Geo Metro at the time. The engine did get good gas mileage, but people expected more from a Chevy at the time, and the LUV faded quickly.
The 2004 Chevy Colorado I-5 Didn't Impress Consumers.
The 2004 model year Chevy Colorado was supposed to replace the aging Chevy S10, but the weak I-5 engine (based on designs from Isuzu) just couldn't compete with other engines on the market. With five cylinders, it didn't offer much power, and, placed inside a midsize truck; it wasn't going to get anyone charged up.
In comparison, the 2004 Dodge Dakota included a magnum V8 – as soon as it hit the market, the 2004 Colorado was underpowered. Later on, Colorado got an upgrade thanks to the Silverado 5.3 L V8 engine, but that was hardly the only problem with the car.