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02 vs 06 ranger

I have owned an 02 ranger xlt 4wd for about 3 years now.It has been one of the most dependable vehicles I have ever owned.I am considering trading for a similar 06 model.I would like to hear pros-cons between the 02's and 06's.Thanks.
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We need more details. What engine, is the 06 an xlt also? You will lose that awesome powerdome hood!
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Pretty much the same trucks.Both 4.0's 5 speed manual.Must admit,I like the style of the 02 better.
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Not much has changed. I think the 2002 4.0 still had the timing change problem, the 06 wont have that problem.
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Mechanically they're the same trucks. Only the aesthetics changed (tail lights, front corner lights, mirrors, grill, and larger Ford and Ranger emblems)
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06 trucks look better cus of the new tails. I'm partial tho. As for the powerdome, i didn't know about that when I bought mine in 08 and it didnt really bother me. The grill also looks better, it's larger and cuts into the hood.
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I went to take another look at the 06 this morning.Deceided to keep my 02.It still only has 92k and runs as good as new.As I said,it has been the most dependable truck I ever owned so,Why trade?
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I know you made your decision already but the 06 has a little larger brakes in the front. The 06 also has thicker glass to reduce outside nise from intruding into the cab. This also adds a little weight to the 06.

I have over 168K miles on my 02 with most maintenance type repairs. I am getting due for ball joints soon but otherwise doing good. I am partial to the 02 styling too.
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