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2006 Ford Explorer Limited [U251]

2006 Ford Explorer [U251] in Juno, Movie, 2007 IMDB

Class: Cars, Off-road / SUV — Model origin: US

2006 Ford Explorer Limited [U251]

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Neptune US

2008-04-18 02:16

2006 Ford Explorer Limited Edition U251

Naturally the internal alphanumeric code name Ford gave the vehicle (U251) might imply itís preliminary re-design program
would have taken place before the U324 program (2007-Onward Ford Expedition) But, that would mean approximately 71 some internal
programs were revised or were designed from the ground up (Iím assuming a little of both) But again I wonder how hard Fordís design
teams would have to work to accommodate those numbers in such a short time. :think:

Iím thinking the alphanumeric code names are (for some reason) specifically made up and assigned to the vehicles. Rather than being
strict consecutive programs. Or maybe Ford just skips a few numbers here and there ... :D

-- Last edit: 2008-04-18 02:24:55

ford_guy US

2008-04-18 02:40

Neptune, do you know the code for the Crown Victoria, if they do have a code? I'm curious to know.

Neptune US

2008-04-18 03:08

Ford does have an internal code name for the Crown Victoria, but it doesnít start with a U, it starts
with a different letter. Iíll try to find it for you.

-- Last edit: 2008-04-19 00:12:17

Neptune US

2008-04-20 01:16

I found two internal alphanumeric code names for the Crown Victoria/Grand Marquis >> EN53 and EN114
(both apparently are used by the Crown Vic. and Grand Mar.)

Form digging around in some of Fordís internal documents it seems as though the EN53 Program was the
1992-1997 models, and the EN114 Program is the 1998-Current models.

Thatís the best I could do ... there are a few discrepancies, so take the info with a grain-of-salt.

ford_guy US

2008-04-20 02:12

Oh, don't worry about it. I found the information quite interesting. But I'll just stick to using the part of the VIN better. Thanks for looking into it :)

-- Last edit: 2008-04-20 02:13:03

jettalover US

2008-04-22 07:23

These CVs and Grand Marqs also have been said to built on the Panther platform. I don't know if that is a Ford internal designation.

-- Last edit: 2008-04-22 07:32:17

Neptune US

2008-04-24 00:57

The Crown Vic. and Grand Mar. are indeed built on the Panther platform. The EN53 and EN114 are not
platform names/chassis codes. Ford insists that it does not use platform codes like itís rival GM. As a
result, Ford does not recommend using the alphanumeric code names when ordering a particular vehicle. It is
reasonable to assume that the vehicleís assigned alphanumeric code names are influenced by chassis names, chassis
type, type of vehicle, and preliminary ground-up designing/redesigning. Ford uses the internal code names as a form
of secrecy, order, and ease of referring to the vehicle's parts suppliers. These alphanumeric code names are found
in abundance in internal Ford Motor Company documents (both classified and non-classified)

A good example that they (the code names) are not chassis codes would be the re-designed 2007-Onward Ford Expedition.

2007-Onward Ford Expedition:
Chassis Code/Chassis Name: T1 (its built on the T1 Full-Size Truck Platform)
Program Name/Code Name: U324

-- Last edit: 2008-04-24 03:37:03

jettalover US

2008-04-24 05:11

Thanks, Neptune. It seems Ford can't make it's mind up on if they do or do not use these codes. :think:

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