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Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ VIN Decoder - 1993-1998 Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

1993 - 1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ VIN Decoder/Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

The Jeep Grand Cherokee Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate is attached to the top left side of the instrument panel.
The Vehicle Identification Number is also imprinted on the:

  • Body Code Plate
  • Equipment Identification Plate
  • Vehicle Safety Certification Label
  • Frame Rail

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Here's how to decode the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) of your 1993-1998 Jeep Grand Cherokee ZJ:

1st Digit: Identifies which country the vehicle was made for:

1= United States

2nd Digit: Identifies who made the vehicle:

J= Jeep

3rd Digit: Identifies which type of vehicle the vehicle is:

4= Multipurpose Vehicle (MPV)

4th Digit: Identifies the Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) of the vehicle:

G= 5,001-6,000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR)

5th Digit: Identifies the series of the vehicle:

X= Grand Cherokee ZJ 4X2 (Two-Wheel-Drive) (Left-Hand Drive)
Z= Grand Cherokee ZJ 4X4 (Four-Wheel-Drive) (Left-Hand Drive)

6th Digit: Identifies the specific model/trim of the vehicle:

4= Special Edition Laredo
5= Laredo or TSi Laredo
7= Limited or Orvis Edition Laredo
8= Base or SE
C= Limited (5.9L V8)

7th Digit: Identifies the body style of the vehicle:

8= 4-Door Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV)

8th Digit: Identifies which type of engine the vehicle has:

S= 4.0 Liter (4.0L) Multi-Port Fuel Injection (MPFI) High-Ouput (HO) V8 "Power-Tech" (185 or 190 Horsepower, 220 Lb. Ft. of Torque) (242 Cubic Inch Diameter)
Y= 5.2 Liter (5.2L) Multi-Port Fuel Injection (MPFI) High-Output (HO) V8 "Magnum" (220 Horsepower, 275 Lb. Ft. of Torque) (318 Cubic Inch Diameter)
Z= 5.9 Liter (5.9L) Multi-Port Fuel Injection (MPFI) High-Output (HO) V8 "Magnum" (250 Horsepower, 300 Lb. Ft. of Torque) (366 Cubic Inch Diameter)

9th Digit: Identifies that the vehicle's Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is correct up to this point:

Check Digit (Any Number)

10th Digit: Identifies the year of the vehicle:

P= 1993 Model Year (M.Y.) Vehicle
R= 1994 Model Year (M.Y.) Vehicle
S= 1995 Model Year (M.Y.) Vehicle
T= 1996 Model Year (M.Y.) Vehicle
U= 1997 Model Year (M.Y.) Vehicle
V= 1998 Model Year (M.Y.) Vehicle

11th Digit: Identifies at which plant the vehicle was made:

C= Assembled at Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP), North Jefferson Avenue (Ave.), Detroit, Michigan (MI)

12th-17th Digits: This number is assigned as the vehicle is being produced:

XXXXXX (Replace XXXXXX with Last 6 Digits of Vehicle Identification Number)= Vehicle Production Number (VPN)


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