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Year model question? Why

The door sticker on my truck says built 5/05. I bought this truck new with approx 40 miles on it in Nov 2006. My title & sales docs says its an 2006 model? Why is it considered a 2006 and not a 2005? Thanks
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Thats how all auto companies do it. 2010 model years are on the market now and they obviously were not built in 2010. I dont know why besides thats just how it is?

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Thats normal....they wouldve started production of newer 2006 models in mid-late 2005.

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But my 2002 Ranger was built 5/02 & its titled & registered as an 2002?
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May is the go or no-go month for Ford truck production.

We ordered an F550 V10 truck on the last Saturday in April 2004. The dealership said it was basically going to be the last "2004" to roll off the line because the 2005's would start being produced in May 2004 as well. We had just missed the 04 order cut off by 1 or 2 days. Obviously it was built in the month of May and it took 3 weeks to arrive.

If the order had been sent in on May 1 we would have had an 05 and increased cost too...which we knew and were trying to avoid. Although we missed out on the new front end and 3-valve engine. I still don't have any regrets about that. What we've got has been super. The only thing I did when it arrived was remove the spark plugs, put a light dusting of never seize on the threads and carefully torque them to specs to prevent future seizure or blowout. But I digress on your point.

So your truck was about as early an 06 as you could have had built and purchased on the lot. It might be fun to run the VIN and see what the # was off the line. Maybe you can take it to a Barrett Jackson auction someday and claim it was the 1st 2006 produced.
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I can't say for every manufacturer but Mercedes-Benz M-Classes start after the 4th of July shutdown [1 week usually]. It may differ a few days but we start the next official model year then. We are already doing model year 2011 test cars. We do that to see how the work stations fit the parts to the car in the allotted times and how the parts fit. I have saw Mitsubitshi [sp?] vehicles have their next year model out in March or April trying to beat competitors to the punch. I also bought a 2000 Nissan crewcab truck in the middle of 99, was an early example and I noticed it a lot later on. Things didn't match up such as screws being different colors in the step bars from one side to the other, missing seat trim over the seat bolts that appeared on one side but not the other.

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I remember buying my "all new" 1997 F-150 in May of 1996. It was on the lot that early. So they were making them in April anyhow. Black flare-side 4.6L regular cab 5spd. It was like my little Mustang GT pickup. I don't think I was ever "prouder" to have it on the road. Nobody else had one because it was one of only two available in 5 counties around me. The other was a teal green 3-door extended cab.
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I bought one of the 1st 1997 models with the 4.2 V6. I had nothing but problems with that motor from about 30k miles on. I'm surprised the check engine lightbulb didn't burnout from coming on so much. I agree it was cool that nobody had a truck like mine yet but what a POS. I vowed to never buy the 1st year for a new motor & body style again.
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So technically his 06 was a left over?..It was built 5/05 but sold 1 1/2yr later.The 07 should have been out

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Thanks njmudrat.

Thats kinda what I was getting at. The 2007s were out and had been for a while. I bought the very last 2006 on the lot. I got a good deal because it was a 2006 and not a 2007. Thats why I was surprised to see the 5/05 build date. Oh well.... Its been a good truck so far.
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