The 6 Worst Pickup Trucks Ever Made

Written by Jim Belt in Trucks

Pickup trucks are supposed to be the tough, reliable workhorses of the automotive world. But sometimes, automakers drop the ball in spectacular fashion, unleashing some real clunkers on unsuspecting buyers. Get ready to cringe as we count down 6 of the worst pickup trucks that somehow made it onto the roads.

1. 2006 Dodge Ram 2500/3500

The 2006 Dodge Ram's had owners seeing red - as in, brake lights constantly glowing due to widespread Transmission failure issues. With a dismal 55/100 customer reliability rating, these Rams were more like black sheep than heavy-duty haulers. Owners faced problems ranging from lurching transmissions to complete Drivetrain failures. Let's just say Dodge didn't exactly hit the bullseye with these models.

2. 2001 Toyota Tundra

You'd expect bulletproof reliability from a Toyota pickup, right? Well, the 2001 Tundra was more like a rusted-out pea-shooter. Scoring a pitiful 52/100 reliability rating, these Tundras had more issues than a bodybuilding magazine. Faulty window regulators, failing brake systems, and all sorts of electrical systems goblins turned owning one into a nightmarish game of Truck Maintenance Bingo. No thanks, Toyota.

3. 2005 Dodge Ram Daytona

When you rush a truck into production just to cash in on some Nascar branding, you know it's going to be a hot mess. The 2005 Dodge Ram Daytona looked cool with its grill guard and rear spoiler, but its shoddy build quality was anything but race-worthy. From sagging headliners to faulty electrical systems, it was a case of too much cowl induction and not enough quality control.

4. 1999 Chevy Silverado

The 1999 Silverado has been dubbed a "bad dream" by critics, and for good reason. This truck was a perfect storm of poor design, iffy build quality, and Chevrolet seemingly having one too many beverages during the development process. Owners faced a myriad of issues, from premature brake wear to shoddy paint jobs straight off the assembly line. You'd have better luck hauling your payload in a rusted-out shopping cart.

5. 1972 Ford Courier

With its mini pickup style and bold looks, the 1972 Ford Courier had potential - that is, until you actually drove it. This farmers' nightmare was plagued by a raspy poorly-designed engine, a joke of a Suspension setup, and rust issues that made it dissolve faster than a forgotten popsicle. Sure, it turned heads (of laughter), but its shockingly poor quality made it an unforgettable dud in automotive history.

6. 2002 Lincoln Blackwood

When even luxury brands put out a lemon, you know they missed the mark big time. The 2002 Lincoln Blackwood looked swanky with its trunk-mounted tonneau cover, but its dizzying $52,000 price tag (in 2002 money!) made it one of the biggest lies since aluminium siding salesmen. Between its trucky ride and cramped interior, the Blackwood was a prime example of massively overpriced, underperforming vapourware on wheels. No wonder it got the axe after just a year!

So there you have it - 6 pickup trucks that made us question the engineers' life choices. From safety nightmares to shockingly shoddy quality control, these rigs are reminders that even our beloved trucks can be just as bad as your neighbour's hairpiece. Maybe we should just stick to hauling payloads with a wheelbarrow next time?