8 Used Chevy Trucks Consumer Reports Gave the ‘Never Buy’ Label

Even though Chevy trucks are generally dependable and hardy, on occasion, there is a Chevrolet pickup that’s better left unbought. In fact, Consumer Reports advises that you steer clear of eight used Chevy trucks. They range in problems from minor (check engine lights) to major (full transmission replacements). These are the eight used Chevy pickup trucks that you should never buy.

A red 2017 Chevy Colorado on a plain.
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2017-2019 Chevy Colorados are some of the worst years

The Chevrolet Colorado is a great pickup truck for many reasons. It’s small, it’s easier on gas than many other trucks, and it’s easier to drive and park. Yet there are some Chevy Colorados with problems so troublesome that you’re better off avoiding them. The 2017, 2018, and 2019 Chevy Colorados fall into this category, according to Consumer Reports. All three model years received a 1/5 for their reliability rating.

The 2017 Chevrolet Colorado has both minor and major transmission problems. These can range from everything from a leak to the Colorado needing a whole transmission replacement. In addition, both the drive system and the fuel system in the 2017 Chevrolet Colorado received a 1/5 for reliability, as did the climate system. Unsurprisingly, owner satisfaction for the 2017 Chevy Colorado is also a 1/5.

The 2018 Chevy Colorado didn’t fare any better. With a 1/5, the 2018 Chevrolet Colorado’s major trouble areas include the same minor and major transmission problems. The 2018 Colorado also has fuel system problems, which may mean that the check engine light comes on or that the sensors or computer has issues. This model year also scores a 1/5 for owner satisfaction.

The 2019 Chevy Colorado gets a 1/5 for reliability and also has minor and major transmission problems. Thankfully, these are the only categories to get a poor rating in the 2019 Chevrolet Colorado, yet the owner satisfaction rating is still a 1/5.

The 2015, 2017, 2019, and 2020 Chevy Silverado 1500s are some of the worst model years you can buy

The Chevy Silverado is one of the most popular pickup trucks on the market, and for good reason. It’s a large pickup truck, but it isn’t overwhelming so, like the Silverado 2500. It’s easy to maneuver, it handles well, and many of its safety ratings are great. However, its reliability ratings aren’t quite equal.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 is one such Silverado that Consumer Reports you ‘never buy.’ It scores a 1/5 for its overall reliability, and this begins a succession of 1/5 reliability ratings for the Chevrolet Silverado that run through the 2021 model year. The 2015 Chevy Silverado 1500 suffers from both minor and major transmission problems, as well as drive system issues. The climate system and brakes are also problematic in the 2015 Silverado 1500.

The 2017 Chevy Silverado has minor engine issues, minor and major transmission problems, and the climate system causes problems. So do the brakes and power equipment. Things get better in the 2019 Chevy Silverado, but not much. The 2019 Chevrolet Silverado suffers from minor transmission problems and issues with the power equipment. Even the 2020 Chevy Silverado has a problematic drive system.

Consumer Reports says never buy the Chevy Silverado 2500 HD model years 2015 and 2017


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The Chevy Silverado 2500 HD fills a very specific pickup truck need. It’s huge and powerful, and that makes it great for a whole lot of things, like towing boats and trailers. Yet the Chevrolet Silverado 2500 isn’t without its faults. Both the 2015 and 2017 Chevy Silverados receive less-than-stellar reliability ratings.

The 2015 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD scores a 2/5 for reliability. This is because of both minor and major engine problems, as well as issues with engine cooling. The fuel system and electric system give Silverado 2500 owners a hard time as well.

The 2017 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD scores a 3/5 for its reliability rating. This includes minor transmission problems, paint and trim that doesn’t hold up, and faulty body hardware.

Chevy is known for making solid pickup trucks, and overall, it does. However, these specific Chevy truck models are on Consumer Reports ‘never buy’ list, and unless you like making expensive and unexpected repairs, you should probably steer clear of them.