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5 Best Pickup Trucks of the 2000s to Buy Used (5 That Were Not Even Worth It New)

Black 2009 Honda Ridgeline

Whether you want a pick-up truck for everyday use or a weekend trip, the number of options can be found on the used car market is overwhelming. To get the most out of your money, you want to make sure that whatever you end up going for is not only reliable and durable, but also reasonably priced. Just as there are many pickup trucks that are built like a tank, there are plenty of money pits to avoid.

So, in an effort to balance things out, we show you not only which 2000s pickup truck is worth every penny, but which pickup truck is a complete waste of hard-earned money. Without further ado, here are five of the best pickup trucks from the 2000s and five that weren’t even good when they were new.

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10 Best: 2009 Honda Ridgeline

The 2009 Honda Ridgeline comes with a fresh look and feel with the introduction of a new grille, headlights and taillights. On the inside, Honda shows that it is not afraid to push the boundaries of comfort and improve almost every interior element.

When it comes to power, there’s only one engine option available, and that’s the 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers 250 horsepower and 245 lb-ft of torque. JD Power seems to believe the 2009 Ridgeline is remarkably reliablewith a score of 86 out of 100.

9 Not worth it: 2008 Ford F-350

For starters, the 2008 Ford F-350 is a pretty strong pickup, with a towing capacity of about 15,000 pounds. But most parts of the F-350, such as the brakes, suspension, engine and wheels, break down pretty quickly. The most common and most expensive problem with the 2008 F-350 has to do with the engine.

According to an 2008 F-350 owner from Minneapolis, USA, the truck has driven less than 90,000 miles and has changed engines twice. The 2008 F-350 has been recalled 9 timeswith a total of 450,000 vehicles affected.


8 Best: GMC Canyon 2009

Introduced in 2004 as a replacement for the Sonata, the GMC Canyon is one of the few small truck options available to those seeking an economical, agile, and powerful alternative to full-size models. GMC is maintaining the 2008 Canyon’s rugged look for the following year, which some may consider ordinary.

Under the hood, the 2009 Canyon houses a 5.3-liter V8 with 300 horsepower and 320 lb-ft of torque. Right away JD Power reliability rating of 82/100the 2009 Canyon is one of the most reliable midsize pickups out there.

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7 Not worth it: 2007 Chevrolet Avalanche

The Chevrolet Avalanche is a large, double-cab truck that drives comfortably and has a 7,800-pound towing capacity, which is strong enough to tow a boat. But there are just too many problems with the 2007 Avalanche that Carcomplaints.com labeled it a “clunker” car to watch out for.

The 2007 Avalanche’s engine is the main concern as many owners report that it malfunctions, malfunctions and consumes excessive oil. To understand the flawed nature of the 2007 Avalanche, keep in mind that approximately 5 million units have been recalled on five separate occasions.


6 Best: 2008 Ford F-150

Ford offers many great options for the 2008 F-150, including five trim levels, three box lengths, and three cabin styles. A common addition to all 2008 F-150s is the Cargo Management System, which consists of a set of crossbars, a set of bed rails, and side-mounted tool trays. Ford lent the final touches to the Mighty F-350 Tonka concept truck, giving the F-150 a tough look.

The base F-150 engine is the 4.6-liter V6 with an output of 202 horsepower. Two other powerful engine options are the 4.6-liter 248 hp V8 and the 5.4-liter 300 hp V8. Right away JD Power reliability rating of 85/100you will have an almost hassle-free ownership experience with the 2008 Ford F-150.


5 Not worth it: 2003 Dodge Ram 1500

To give the devil his due, the 2003 Dodge Ram 1500 offers a smooth ride with improved pulling and towing capabilities. But like the Ford F-350 and Chevrolet Avalanche, the Ram 1500 is plagued with engine problems. As if that wasn’t enough, many owners struggle with brakes, steering, seats and wheels.

Owners of the 2003 Ram complain about almost every internal accessorywhere a cracked dashboard is the most common. Dodge has recalled the 2003 1500 Ram 12 times and more than half a million vehicles have been affected.

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4 Best: 2006 Cadillac Escalade EXT

The Cadillac Escalade EXT is basically a standard Escalade with a fairly large bed. The half-truck and half-sports-ute look of the Escalade EXT stands out from the crowd, and Cadillac spoils passengers with many luxurious amenities.

When it comes to performance, the 2006 Escalade EXT comes with just an AWD and a 6.0-liter V8 that puts out 345 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. The reviews of the 2006 Escalade EXT on Edmunds are very impressive, and almost everyone gives it a five star rating.

3 Not worth it: 2005 Subaru Baja

The 2005 Subaru Baja’s unique look makes it easy to get noticed in a crowd, and the ride is quite comfortable. But don’t expect a hassle-free ownership experience as many drivers report issues with the clutch, engine, steering and paint job.

In total, Bajas have been recalled for the 2005 model year on 11 separate occasionsand most recalls are due to airbag malfunction and fuel pump leakage.

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2 Best: 2006 Nissan Navara

The Nissan Navara is a reliable pickup built for the week and the weekend, with its advanced off-road capabilities and excellent towing capacity. Popular in Australia, New Zealand and Europe, the Navara nameplate is marketed in North America as the Nissan Frontier.

Consumer reports on the 2006 Navara are generally reassuring, with hardly any complaints about engine, transmission or other serious issues. According to an 2006 Navara D22 ownerthe truck has never broken down, even after 14 years of ownership.


1 Not worth it: 2002 Dodge Dakota

Even though the 2002 Dodge Dakota is a money-lender, there’s no denying that it’s a comfortable ride with excellent off-road capability. But problems for the 2002 Dakota start with the brakewith many owners worrying that it will get hot and lock randomly.

It would have been somewhat relieving if brakes were the only concern for the 2002 Dakota, but that’s not the case at all. There are reports that the engine light stays on, the head gasket is leaking, and the oil pressure is easily lost. Dodge recalls more than a million 2002 Dakotas largely due to excessive wear in the upper ball joint and malfunction of the ignition/parking interlock system.



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