The Least Reliable 2012 Pickup Trucks According to Consumer Reports

As far as older model years go, 2012 was a pretty good year for pickup trucks in terms of reliability. True, we don’t have quite as much data for 2012 as we do for 2020. But according to the ratings we do have, these are the least reliable 2012 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports.

a 2012 Ram 1500 on display at an auto show.
2012 Dodge RAM 1500 at the 104th Annual Chicago Auto Show | Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives via Getty Images

Most of the pickup trucks in Consumer Reports studies for 2012 earned good reliability ratings. The 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500, for example, earned 4 out of 5 for predicted reliability. This truck tends to rate poorly for predicted reliability from Consumer Reports, but did well in the 2012 model year.

A good used truck

So, while typically we read these ratings as a bit of a warning, that won’t be the case for this list. All of these trucks scored a 3 out of 5 for predicted reliability. These are the least reliable 2012 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports. However, that does not necessarily mean that they are in fact unreliable per se.

The 2012 Ram 1500

Overall the 2012 Ram 1500 was a good truck. In fact, you can still find them with less than 100,000 miles on them in good condition. There are plenty of years where that Ram 1500 has predicted reliability scores of 2 out of 5 or lower. However, the 2012 vintage earned 3 out of 5.

The primary trouble spots include engine minor. There are some alarming reports of things like water leaking through the lights into the cab. But these issues don’t seem to be the norm. One owner wrote in frustration of how you have to disassemble the front part of the truck in order to change the headlight bulbs.

Overall, however, the driving experience scored very high. Plus, Consumer Reports shows that you can buy one used for as low as $11,600. If you are looking at older used pickups, 2012 looks like a decent year for the Ram 1500.

Used Ford trucks from the 2012 model year

Two Ford pickup trucks––the F-150 and F-350––are rated 3 out of 5 for predicted reliability in 2012 as well. That makes these two of the least reliable 2012 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports. That said, they aren’t exactly considered unreliable.

The 2012 Ford F-150 is a good all-around truck. According to Consumer Reports, you can actually buy one now for as low as $10,650. The transmission minor is that primary trouble spot for this used pickup. The transmission lines apparently rust after a time period as short as 5 years.

This causes transmission fluid to leak all over the other components. Owners are (obviously) pretty frustrated about this. Additionally, the 2012 Ford F-350 makes it on the list as one of the least reliable 2012 pickup trucks according to Consumer Reports. The 2012 Ford F-350 is a towing beast. Consumer Reports also shows that you can get one used for as low as $15,900.

This truck received a 3 out of 5 for predicted reliability. But it shows a 4 out of 5 for owner satisfaction. Reliability trouble spots include engine major and engine minor.

a 2012 ford F-350 pickup truck showing off its wide stance
2012 Ford F-350 | Ford

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The least reliable 2012 pickup trucks

As a whole, 2012 wasn’t a terrible year for pickup trucks––according to Consumer Reports data. However, these three popular pickups are still good trucks. Find one that’s been taken care of and it’s likely a bargain workhorse.