Sometimes we all have to go for a pickup, SUV, or inexpensive car, just because it’s the need of the moment, at least as dictated by finances. Sometimes a car is just a way to get from point A to point B, and if you go for an SUV or a pickup, it may just come with additional benefits in terms of transportation and transportation. towing.
But if it sounds too good to be true, remember to trust your instincts. Sometimes get a good deal used car may become more of a puzzle than a Hail Mary, so be sure to do your due diligence before depositing the money. The problem with cheap mics can be manifold. Sometimes they’re cheap because they’ve been driven hard, and other times they’re cheap because, well, nobody wants them.
On that note, here are 10 inexpensive mics available quite easily, but with issues that will make you regret buying them.
2002 Lincoln Blackwood: Weird, Cheap Pickup
Somehow Lincoln took a fact and turned it into reality. The fact that many Lincoln owners also had pickup trucks made Lincoln think that the truck should also be a Lincoln. So they made the Blackwood, which was actually a Ford F-150 SuperCrew, with a lot more luxury than before.
It was very expensive and a huge disappointment was its payload capacity of 1,200 lbs. With five tall adults inside the truck, well, even the air seemed too heavy around. So it might sound like a chord, but we suggest you run far, far away from a Lincoln Blackwood.
Chevrolet Avalanche 2002-05: a multitude of problems
Discolored plastic body liner aside, the Avalanche also came with a speedometer issue. Rather a dysfunction. As a result, drivers were often pulled over for unintentional speeding and ended up getting a ticket.
Of course, this was a minor problem. The main one was transmission failures, excessive oil consumption and a dashboard that broke if you looked at it badly. So if a dealership tries to give away a cheap pickup that’s an Avalanche, go with a bang.
2006-08 Honda Ridgeline: Inexpensive Pickup, Rotten Cylinder
The old Ridgelines weren’t very good trucks, and if you’ve ever seen or experienced one with blue smoke coming out of its rear. The blue was usually due to cylinder number 4, which was invariably a bad egg. And that meant you needed an engine swap. Which, when you think of 3.5-liter V6 engines, doesn’t come cheap.
In case your engine was running fine, there was peeling paint, electric gremlins, and of course, rust. So no thanks, not the kind of cheap pickup you want.
2000-2008 Toyota Tundra: Rusty Inexpensive Pickup
You weren’t expecting a Toyota on this list, did you? They are reliable and it is quite easy to find Toyota 500,000 mile trucks on the cheap. But the 2000s were not very favorable for the Tundra, considering the recall of 110,000 units for a rear cross member that liked to rust.
Then came HVAC and air pump problems, piston failures, and paint that appeared to be white in the sun. Basically not the pickup you need and not the Toyota you want. Come on, please.
Nissan Frontier 2005-08: more Japanese chess
The Nissan Frontier is not only obsolete, but the second generation comes with a faulty radiator. It was likely to crack, leak coolant into the transmission, and cause irreversible engine damage. Although Nissan made some pretty cool Z cars at the same time, the Frontier didn’t seem to have gone through the same quality control.
The new frontiers have solved the problem and it is no longer a problem, but buying a cheap 2000s pickup from the Nissan family is the ingredient for disaster for sure.
2000s Dodge Dakota: compact, inexpensive and a headache
The end of the Dakota came when enough people realized that Dodge was charging the same amount of money for the smaller Dakota and the larger Ram 1500. So everyone inquired and bought the Ram instead, or changed loyalty.
While size wasn’t an issue, the Dakota also had issues with the brakes, meaning the brakes just became uncooperative at random, requiring many visits from mechanics. And then the engine decided to idle a bit roughly, just for fun. When you buy a cheap pickup you get a cheap pickup.
Chevrolet Silverado 2000-11: Many Years Avoidable
The Chevy Silverado had a bad mile-wide streak with so many issues, we’re not sure why it sold out in the first place. It’s like every time Chevrolet fixes one problem, another happens. From rusty brake lines and power steering problems to an engine addicted to oil, Silverado owners have had issues.
The paint problems are only cosmetic, then come painful internal problems like a faulty suspension, poor transmission, etc. Say no to a used Silverado because luckily the new ones look good.
2004-05 / 2010 Ford F-150: Cheap little darling
Sometimes even the best of the best have bad days and when it comes to Ford, America’s best-selling pickup truck, it’s had bad years. 2004 and 2005 deserve a mention here, with candles that appeared to be made of chalk.
The power windows failed at will and Ford ended up issuing a dozen baker’s recalls. And in 2010, the Ford F-150’s rear window was inherently suicidal, and it would shatter at will. Like breathing on it and it’s in pieces. So if it’s the F-150 and it’s cheap, check the model year.
2003-2007 Cadillac Escalade EXT: Junk Cheap Pickup
The Caddy Escalade EXT essentially tarnished the shine of the Escalade because it was a pickup that nobody wanted, almost nobody could afford and everyone wanted to sell as soon as they had it. It is as if Escalade had a hot affair with the Chevrolet Avalanche and made a child of love abhorred by all.
The center folding tailgate added loading flexibility, but due to the nearly zero towing and payload ratings, the hefty good load it did. Buying this cheap pickup is like getting a white elephant, which can cost you tears and pain.
2000-2003 Dodge Ram 1500: the painful magnum
The late 90s and most of the 2000s weren’t very friendly with microphones. Or should we say, van owners? The Dodge Ram 1500 also chose to wring its heart out by choosing the Magnum V8 which magnanimously turned all the oil into mud.
Then, a few strokes of the engine and transmission later, the Ram 1500 turned into geriatrics, in just one number of ages. Electric gremlins and plastic poltergeists haunt it today too, so when you buy a cheap pickup don’t make it an early 2000s Dodge Ram 1500.
Sources: NBCNews, Car Complaints
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