The Least Reliable 2011 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

The farther back in the model years you go, the slimmer the Consumer Reports data is for used pickup trucks. However, the popular source still did due diligence on several popular models. If you are looking for a reliable used pickup truck, you should probably check out this list of the least reliable 2011 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

a 2011 Ford F-350 towing a trailer proves to be one of the least reliable 2011 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports
2011 Ford F-350 towing | Mark Elias/Bloomberg via Getty Images

While Consumer Reports ratings aren’t the bottom line, this information still provides insight. Trouble spot reporting can help you know what to look out for when you are shopping for a used pickup truck. At the very least, lists like this can help you figure out which direction to steer your research.

The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500

According to Consumer Reports, this is one of the least reliable pickup trucks from the 2011 model year. There are so many used Chevrolet Silverado 1500 models on the market. Let’s take a look at what Consumer Reports says about this popular pickup.

a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck parked near a corral on a ranch
2011 Chevrolet Silverado | TruckTrend

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First off, let’s note that it didn’t really score all that low. The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 has a reliability rating of 3 out of 5. This isn’t so bad. Compared with the pristine reliability ratings of something like the Toyota Tundra sure. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that a used Chevy Silverado isn’t worth your time and money. Trouble spots for the 2011 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 have to do with paint and trim as well as body hardware. Mechanical issues for this model are far less common.

The 2011 Ram 1500 and Ford F-150

The 2011 Ram 1500 and the Ford F-150 share the same reliability ratings. They are among the least reliable 2011 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports. While both of these trucks have had great years, 2011 isn’t one of them if we are going by Consumer Reports data. Both of these pickup trucks scored a 2 out of 5 for predicted reliability.

a 2011 ram 1500 on display at an auto show
A 2011 Ram 1500 | Ted Soqui/Corbis via Getty Images

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The 2011 Ram 1500 struggles with engine problems. The most common trouble spots are for engine minor and engine major. This was a redesign year for the Ram 1500, so it looks like maybe all the kinks weren’t worked out. On the other hand, the 2011 Ford F-150 had issues with its transmission. Consumer Reports shows transmission minor and transmission major are the 2011 Ford F-150’s most common trouble spots.

a blue 2011 ford f-150 on display at an auto dealership
2011 Ford F-150 | David Paul Morris/Getty Images

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The 2011 Ford F-350

Heavy duty trucks are often bought used for intended heavy hauling and towing purposes. So this low reliability rating could be a red flag for anyone looking for a reliable used pickup truck in the heavy duty category. The 2011 Ford F-350 scored only 1 out of 5 for predicted reliability. It’s the least reliable 2011 pickup truck according to Consumer Reports.

a black 2011 ford f-350 driving on the road
2011 Ford F-350 | TruckTrend

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Fresh out of a redesign, the 2011 Ford F-350 was plagued with reliability issues. In fact, there are a whopping 15 recalls for this model. Consumer Reports shows several common trouble spots for this F-350 model. Engine major and engine minor are the most common. But there is quite a bit of data for low reliability for the drive system and the engine cooling as well.