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.
The 2004 Chevrolet Silverado Hybrid Was a False Hybrid
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 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 1987 Chevrolet Silverado V6 Was Pointless
The 1987 model year of the Chevy Silverado V6 is famous, but not for the right reasons. It was vastly underpowered, unable to keep up with any of the other Silverados that were released before or after it.
The engine was of questionable construction, and it couldn't deliver enough oomph against the truck's weight. Chevy had come up with this model as a way for people to get a large (at the time) truck without having to pay for a V8, but the trade-offs made it a pointless buy. Most people realized they were better off just shelling out for the bigger engine.
The 1999 Chevy Tahoe 2-Door 6.5L Diesel is Rare and Infamous
Even if you're a car or truck fan, you might not have heard about this model from Chevy. Only about one percent of the Tahoes of this generation were made in a diesel configuration, so finding them on the road is uncommon and was even rare when they first came out.
There's also the fact that it was one of the worst models that Chevy ever developed – as soon as they rolled off the line, repair costs started to mount, and many buyers were warned away. If you do happen to catch one of these still on the road, thank your lucky stars.