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Jeep VIN Decoder - Decoding Jeep VIN Numbers

How to Decode a VIN

The VIN is composed of the following sections:

Standard 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
North American Manufacturer Identifier Vehicle Attributes Check Digit Model Year Plant Code Sequential Number

When decoded, the VIN tells the country and year of manufacture; make, model and serial number; assembly plant; and in some cases it even identifies equipment specifications.

The system goes something like this: sequence for characters is first A to Z, then 1 to 9, and last 0. The letters "I", "O" and "Q" are typically omitted from system.

The vehicle identification number is divided into four parts:

World Manufacturer's Identification (WMI - three characters)
Vehicle Description Section (VDS - five characters)
The VIN Accuracy Check Digit
Vehicle Identification Section (VIS - eight characters)
World Manufacturer’s Identification (WMI)
The first character in the WMI sequence represents the country where the vehicle was manufactured. Countries like the United States (1 or 4), Canada (2) and Mexico (3) are represented by numbers while other countries such as Germany (W), Italy (Z) and Japan (J) are represented by letters.

The second character refers to the manufacturer. The characters can be either letters or numbers. For example: Jaguar (A), Dodge (B), Chrysler (C), Jeep (J), Buick (4), Cadillac (6) or Saturn (8).

The third character represents the vehicle type or manufacturing division.

Vehicle Description Section (VDS) and Check Digit

The vehicle description section consists of five characters (the 4th to 8th characters) which identify everything from the body style, engine type, and braking system to model, series, restraint system, etc. The 9th character is a VIN accuracy check digit which verifies the previous VIN numbers. It is determined by carrying out a mathematical computation developed by the Department of Transportation (DOT).

Vehicle Identification Section (VIS)

The vehicle identification section includes the last eight characters in the VIN number. The numbers identify the model year (10th character) and the assembly plant for the vehicle (11th character). A number or letter may represent the model year. For example: 1998 (W), 2000 (Y), 2007 (7) or 2008 (8).

The 12th to 17th characters are the actual serial number of the vehicle—these last 6 digits make the vehicle unique (think of DNA). It can also help to identify whether the vehicle was the first, the hundredth, or the last vehicle off the manufacturer’s assembly line. This is valuable information for collectors.

So, the next time you see that long number printed on your registration papers or stamped across your dashboard, you’ll know how to decode it. This will give you a better understanding of where your unique vehicle actually came from!


1991 - 1993 All Jeeps Vin Decoder Page

1991 - 1993   Covering:

1991, "S" (E)
1992 - 1993 "S" (YJ)
1991 Base (L)
1992 - 1993, Base (Wrangler, Wrangler Sport)
1991, Pioneer, Islander (M)
1992 - 1992, Pioneer, Islander
1991, Sahara (H)
1992 - 1993, Sahara
1991, Renegade, Grand (P)
1992 - 1993, Laredo (BHX)
1993, Laredo
1991, Sport (S)
1992 - 1993, Renegade
1993, Sport
1991, Limited (Box), (X)
1992 - 1993, Briarwood, Limited (BUX)
1993, Limited
1992 - 1993, Sport
1993, Grand Wagoneer
4001# - 5000#
Cherokee Limited

1991 - 1993 All Jeeps Vin Decoder Page

The VIN number is stamped on a plate on the outer edge of the dashboard visible thru the window. It is also found stamped on the bottom line of a metal tag which is placed in the upper left(driver's side) corner of the firewall, by the hinge.
Character Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 - 17
Vehicle ID Number 1 J 4 E Y 4 9 S X N L 123456
Character Position Vehicle ID Number Description



1 Country of Manufacture:
1 United States
2 Canada



J Manufacturer:
J Jeep Corporation




4 Vehicle Type:
4 Multi-Purpose Passenger Vehicle
6 Incomplete Vehicle
7 Truck




E Gross Vehicle Weight::
E 3001# - 4000#
F 4001# - 5000#
G 5001# - 6000#
H 6001# - 7000#








Y Line (Body Type):
J 1991 - 1993, 4WD Cherokee, Comanche
N 1991 - 1993, 4WD Cherokee Briarwood
S 1991, 4WD Grand Wagoneer
T 1991 - 1993, 2WD Cherokee, Comanche
X 1993, 2x4 Grand Cherokee
Y 1991 - 1993, 4WD Wrangler
Z 1993, 4x4 Grand Cherokee




















4 Series (Body Type):
1 1991, "S" (E)

1992 - 1993 "S" (YJ)

2 1991 Base (L)

1992 - 1993, Base (Wrangler, Wrangler Sport)

3 1991, Pioneer, Islander (M)

1992 - 1992, Pioneer, Islander

4 1991, Sahara (H)

1992 - 1993, Sahara

5 1991, Renegade, Grand (P)

1992 - 1993, Laredo (BHX)

1993, Laredo

6 1991, Sport (S)

1992 - 1993, Renegade

1993, Sport

7 1991, Limited (Box), (X)

1992 - 1993, Briarwood, Limited (BUX)

1993, Limited

8 1992 - 1993, Sport

1993, Grand Wagoneer

9 4001# - 5000#

Cherokee Limited





9 Body Style:


7 2-door Sport Utility
8 4-door Sport Utility
9 Open Body







S Engine:
B 2.1L 4 Cyl.. (Turbo Diesel) ( ENA)
P 2.5L 4 Cyl.. (Gas) Unleaded Fuel (EPE)
S 4.0L 6 Cyl.. (Gas) Unleaded Fuel (ERH)
Y 5.2L 8 Cyl.. Unleaded Fuel
7 5.9L 8 Cyl.. Unleaded Fuel (EQA)


X Check digit: a single character, alpha or numeric entry






M 1991
N 1992
P 1993





L Plant Location:
C Jefferson Assembly
J Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L Toledo #1, Ohio, USA
P Toledo #2, Ohio, USA
12 - 17 123456 Sequential Serial Number



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