Five Used Trucks to Avoid

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Rebecca Ballard is a freelance writer who specializes in the automotive industry. A unique interest in finding affordable and dependable automobiles keeps her busy researching the most up-to-date information in the automotive field.

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, Automotive Editor - December 4, 2014

Whether you are looking for a used truck for personal or professional use, finding a vehicle with the power and performance you need takes time and dedication. You need to research the best makes and models to make sure you get a great deal that fits your budget. Remember, not all used trucks are equal, and some are best avoided.

RAM 2500 (diesel)

RAM 2500

Although these trucks have been popular for years, buying used can be a mistake. The turbo-diesel models often have issues with the drivetrain and fuel system. Older Dodge Ram 2500 truck owners also report problems with the climate system and body hardware. If you are looking for a reliable work truck, pass by the Dodge Ram 2500.

Ford F-250 (diesel)

Ford F-250

Older models of the Ford F-250 have caused owners lots of trouble. Major engine problems and issues with the electrical systems are just two of the complications owners often face. The cabin is also reported as uncomfortable with less-than-ideal amenities. If you are looking for a truck for work and family, a used Ford F-250 probably isn't the best choice.

Dodge Dakota

Dodge Dakota

Over the years the Dodge Dakota has faced numerous recalls for a variety of problems. Some of the issues include faulty automatic transmissions and airbag problems. Several owners have also reported problems with the engine resulting in major repairs even on an engine with few miles. If shopping for a used Dodge Dakota, check its service history carefully, and make sure all recall work has been performed.

GMC Canyon

GMC Canyon

Although the GMC Canyon looks impressive on the road, there are problems with later models. Many of these trucks offer little power and are best used for daily commuting, not as a work horse. Owners of the Canyon also complained of loud road noise and an uncomfortable ride. Finally, there are reported problems with the wiring, and with valve springs that could cause the engine to misfire.

Chevrolet S-10

Chevrolet S-10

While these trucks have been on the road for years, as the miles build up the reliability goes down. The used Chevrolet S-10 can be found for an affordable price, but owners might end up spending more in repairs and keeping the truck on the road. In other words, you're probably better off spending more money upfront for a vehicle that's less costly to maintain.



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, Automotive Editor

Rebecca Ballard is a freelance writer who specializes in the automotive industry. A unique interest in finding affordable and dependable automobiles keeps her busy researching the most up-to-date information in the automotive field.

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