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Old 08-27-2016
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2001 radio upgrade

I have a 2001 XLT with the CD and Cassette player. I wish it had an aux port. When did Ford start including those and will that years radio be a direct fit for the 2001?

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Old 08-28-2016
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I think '05/'06 started getting AUX inputs.
1998-2012 are same generation so should fit, wiring harness is often the same, but some Rangers got a "Premium" sound system which had a separate AMP.

Look here on that: Ford Ranger Radio Wiring Diagram

There are inexpensive devices that can be used with your current radio.
The FM radio band will have "open" frequencies in your area
This means you can broadcast music on an "open" frequency at low power and then tune that music in on the Trucks FM tuner so you hear it just like tuning in an FM radio station.
These can be battery powered or wired to use vehicle power(cigarette lighter plug) and just plug into the head phone jack on phone or MP3 player.

There are also combo units that have the same FM transmitter and also Bluetooth so no wires, these usually plug into cigarette lighter port for power.
Same setup, you tune the unit to unused FM frequency, then connect to it via bluetooth.
When you tune truck radio to that FM channel you can listen to the music.

But just as a heads up using Bluetooth to play music does use phone's battery power pretty fast, so if you get one of these units get one with USB plug in so you can charge the phone if needed

Google: car fm transmitter bluetooth

And if using a phone to play music then these setups also work as handsfree for the phone, you can answer a call and hear caller thru the speakers they hear you thru the mic on the phone

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Old 08-29-2016
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Get a double din radio and never look back.
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Old 08-29-2016
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Unless you're strictly going for an OEM look, I highly recommend an aftermarket radio. If you have the money, go for the double din. I personally use a single din Kenwood KDC HD262U and I love it.

Aftermarket radios, such as mine, offer more flexibility too. Most have USB inputs for a phone or USB thumb drive to which you can add music to and never have to connect your phone in the first place. Another bonus is that with the USB input, it's just one cable to charge your phone and have it connected to the radio playing music at the same time. Less clutter, clean solution. Bonus points if you get a 'designer' cable that goes with your interior. However, I'm cheap and use the cheapie cables, although they do wear out quickly.....

Anyhow, for the money you'd be spending with a radio from a Ranger you may as well get an aftermarket one with more features. To give you an idea, my single din Kenwood was 100 bucks. But in the end, choice is yours.
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Old 08-30-2016
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Thanks for the feedback. I am going to just spent the money and jump to a radio with Bluetooth, USB and aux port. As much as I am on the highway I will appreciate the ful upgrade.
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