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The Cherokee XJ went into production in 1984 and lasted until 2001
Quick I.D. Features: Square Body, Rectangular Headlights and 101" Wheelbase
The Grand Cherokee ZJ went into production in 1993 and lasted until 1998
Quick I.D. Features: Round Fenders, Square Headlights, Rectangular Grille, and Quad Coil Suspension
The Grand Cherokee WJ went into production in 1999 and lasted until 2004
Quick I.D. Features: Slotted Taillamps, V-Shaped Grille 105.9" Wheelbase
The Grand Cherokee WK went into production in 2005 and is still produced

Click here for a short History of the Cherokee XY

Vin Number for 1984 to 1988 XJ's

Position

Interpretation

Code=Description

1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle Type C = MPV
D = Incomplete Vehicle
4 Engine Type B = 2.1L (128 Cu. in.) 4-Cylinder Turbo (Diesel)
H = 2.5L (150 Cu. In.) 4-Cylinder TBI (Gasoline)
U = 2.5L (150 Cu. In.) 4-Cylinder 1 Bbl. (Gasoline)
W = 2.8L (171 Cu. In.) V6 2 Bbl. (Gasoline)
M = 4.0L (242 Cu. In.) 6-Cylinder (Gasoline)
5 Transmission/ (Transfer Case) L = 5=Speed Manual Floor Shift (Part Time 4WD)
X = 4-Speed Manual Floor Shift (Part Time 4WD)
B = Auto Floor Shift (Part Time 4WD)
C = Auto Floor Shift (Full Time 4WD)
E = Auto Column Shift (Part Time 4WD)
J = Auto Column Shift (Full Time 4WD)
A = Auto Column Shift (2WD)
6-7 Body Style 73 = 2WD Cherokee Wagon 2-Door
74 = 2WD Cherokee Wagon 4-Door
75 = 4WD Wagoneer Wagon 4-Door
77 = 4WD Cherokee Wagon 2-Door
78 = 4WD Cherokee Wagon 4-Door
8 Trim Package 1 = Custom
2 = Pioneer
3 = Chief
4 = Laredo
5 = Wagoneer
6 = Limited
K = Cherokee Base (2WD)
L = Pioneer (2WD)
M = Laredo (2WD)
9 Check Digit Manufacturer Assigned
10 Model Year E = 1984
F = 1985
G = 1986
H = 1987
J = 1988
11 Assembly Plant J = Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Production Sequence - Six Digit Number
 

Vin Number for 1989 XJ's

Position

Interpretation

Code=Description

1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle Type 3 = MPV
6 = Incomplete Vehicle
7 = Truck
4 GVWR E = 3001-4000
F = 4001-5000
G = 5001-6000
H = 6001-7000
5 Car Line J = Cherokee 4WD
N = Wagoneer 4WD
T = Cherokee 2WD
6 Series 2 = Base (L)
3 = Pioneer (M)
5 = Laredo (P)
7 = Limited (X)
7 Body Style 5 = 4-door wagon
7 = 2-door wagon
8 = 4-door wagon
8 Engine E = 2.5L
L = 4.0L
P = 2.5L
S = 4.0L
9 Check Digit Manufacturer Assigned
10 Model Year K = 1989
11 Assembly Plant J = Brampton, Ontario, Canada
L = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 1
P = Toledo, Ohio Plant No. 2
T = Toledo, Ohio
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Production Sequence - Six Digit Number
 

Vin Number for 1997-1999 XJ's

Position

Interpretation

Code=Description

1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle Type 4 = MPV
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating F = 4001-5000 lbs.
5 Vehicle Line J = Cherokee 44 (LHD)
N = Cherokee 44 (RHD)
B = Cherokee 2WD (RHD)
T = Cherokee 2WD (LHD)
6 Series 2 = SE
6 = Sport
7 = Country
7 Body Style 7 = 2-Door Sport Utility
8 = 4-Door Sport Utility
8 Engine P = 2.5L 4-Cylinder MFI (EPE)
S = 4.0L I-6 HO MFI (ERH)
9 Check Digit 0 through 9, or X
10 Model Year V = 1997
W = 1998
X = 1999
11 Assembly Plant L = Toledo #1
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Six Digit Number
 

Vin Number for 2000-2001 XJ's

Position

Interpretation

Code=Description

1 Country of Origin 1 = United States
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle Type 4 = MPV
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating F = 4001-5000
5 Vehicle Line F = Cherokee 44 (LHD)
J = Cherokee 44(RHD) EXPORT
N = Cherokee 44 (RHD)
B = Cherokee 42 (RHD)
T = Cherokee 42 (LHD)
6 Series/Transmission N = 5 speed manual
A = 3 speed auto
B = 4 speed auto
4 = Sport
6 = Cherokee Country/Limited
5 = Classic
7 Body Style 7 = 2dr Sport Utility
8 = 4dr Sport Utility
8 Engine M = 2.5L Diesel
P = 2.5L Gasoline
S = 4.0L Gasoline
9 Check Digit Manufacturer Assigned
10 Model Year Y = 2000
Z = 2001
11 Assembly Plant L = Toledo, Ohio Plant #1
12-17 Sequential Serial Number Production Sequence - Six Digit Number

Surplus City Jeep Parts is not responsible for the accuracy of the information listed above.  It was compiled from as reliable of resources as possible

 

Cherokee XJ History

1984 to 1996 1997-2001 Available Driveline Components
 

1984-1996

Designs of the XJ Cherokee date back to 1978 when a team of American Motors (AMC) and Renault engineers drew several sketches. A few clay models were based on the existing SJ Cherokee. Early sketches of the XJ Cherokee had a European influence, and most of the styling cues were done by AMC engineers under the direction of Richard Teague. The ongoing debate suggests that Renault sketch artists were involved right after the 1979 partnership with AMC.  Noticing that General Motors was developing a new two-door S-10 based Blazer, AMC decided to design an entirely new four-door model, but worried about rollovers, Gerald C. Meyers hired one of Ford's best engineers, Roy Lunn to design what is known as the Quadra-Link suspension.  Franois Castaing developed the drivetrain using a much smaller engine than normally found in 4WD vehicles and reduced the weight of the new model,

The XJ Cherokee introduced in 1984 was the first Jeep with a ladder-boxed chassis integrated into a single monocoque unit rather than the traditional separate body-on-frame construction.

Both two- and four-door versions of the XJ Cherokee were offered throughout its lifetime, each having exactly the same track and wheelbase measurements. Two-door models, however, received longer doors and front seats that could fold forward to assist in rear passenger entry and exit. This was in addition to extended-length rear windows that did not open, although an optional rear vent window was available on some models. Its appearance has led some to mistakenly believe that the two-door models are a short wheelbase version of the four-door.

A variation on the Cherokee from 1984 through 1990 was the Jeep Wagoneer. These were unrelated to the similarly named full-sized Grand Wagoneer models that had carried the Wagoneer name before this point in time. The compact XJ Wagoneer was available in two trim levels: the "Wagoneer" and the "Wagoneer Limited". Both Wagoneers were distinguished from the Cherokee models by their two vertically-arranged headlights on both sides. The Wagoneer Limited came with vinyl wood trim on the sides and leather seats embossed with "Limited".

This version was the first to be sold in Europe; it was launched in 1992 in some markets, 1993 for the United Kingdom. Early versions had the 4.0 L (242 CID) six-cylinder engine only: the 2.5 L (150 CID) engine did not arrive in Europe until 1995.

In mid-1985, a two-wheel-drive version of the Cherokee was added to the line-up. This marked the first time any Jeep product was offered with two-wheel-drive since 1967, and was done in the hopes of attracting a few more buyers who didn't need (or want to pay for) four wheel drive. When the XJ Cherokee based Comanche (MJ) truck was introduced it was also available in two and four wheel drive. The new two wheel drive models shared the front suspension with four wheel drive models. Jeep simply used a single axle tube from hub to hub with no differential between, resulting in a low added cost front suspension.

American Motors's compact XJ Cherokee was to be replaced by a new and larger model known as the ZJ (later named the Jeep Grand Cherokee when introduced in 1993) that was under development by AMC.[7] However, the smaller model's continuing popularity caused Chrysler executives to rethink this decision, and while the ZJ models were introduced in 1993, the XJ models were retained until 2001. The Jeep XJ has remained a popular choice by off-roading enthusiasts due to its potent off-roading capability in stock form. Its popularity has resulted in strong ongoing aftermarket support in the form of a wide variety of products and upgrade availability.

Engines

  • 1984-1985 2.5 L, 150 CID AMC 150, Carbureted 105 hp (78 kW)
  • 1986-1990 2.5 L, 150 CID AMC 150, TBI (fuel injected) 117 hp updated in 87-90 to 121 hp (90 kW)
  • 1984-1986 2.8 L GM 60 LR2 V6, 110 hp (82 kW)
  • 1985-1987 2.1 L Renault turbodiesel (initially sold in U.S. and until 1993 in Europe)
  • 1987-1990 4.0 L, 242 CID AMC 242, 173 hp (129 kW) with Renix fuel injection system
  • 1991-1996 4.0 L, 242 CID AMC 242 "High Output", 190 hp (142 kW) with Chrysler fuel injection system
  • 1994-1996 2.5 L VM Motori turbodiesel with intercooler I4, 118 hp (88 kW) (sold in Europe and South America)

HP 280, LB 350

 

1997-2001

After 13 years of production, 1997 saw the Cherokee receive updated exterior and interior styling. Both the two- and four-door bodies remained in production, receiving a steel liftgate (replacing the fiberglass one used previously),a new taillight design, additional plastic molding along the doors, as well as a new front header panel that featured more aerodynamic styling.

The interior was similarly updated with an all-new design and instruments, and a stiffer unibody frame brought improvements to Noise, Vibration, and Harshness (NVH) measurements. Also contributing to NVH improvements were new door seals that reduced wind noise at higher speeds.

In the middle of the 1999 model year, vehicles with the 4.0 liter (242 CID) engine received a much improved intake manifold. This was done to help counteract smaller exhaust porting on the latest casting of cylinder heads, which was done to meet more stringent emissions control laws. Both the 4- and 6-cylinder engines were offered through the 2000 model year, though only the straight-six was available in 2001. For the 2000 and 2001 model years, all six-cylinder XJs received a distributorless ignition system using coil-on-plug ignition replacing the 'traditional' system previously used; coupled with better exhaust porting and the newer intake manifolds, this gave a minor increase in power over the previous models. Transmission, axle, and transfer case choices were carried over from the previous models.

However, major changes were underway with a new executive, Wolfgang Bernhard, who was known as a "cost-slasher" nicknamed "whirlwind", came from Mercedes-Benz to turn around Chrysler.  "One of the first moves Bernhard made when he came to Chrysler in 2000 was to help kill the Jeep Cherokee, an aging, somewhat bland SUV."[10] Thus, the (XJ) Cherokee line was replaced in 2002 by the Jeep Liberty (KJ) , although it is called the "Cherokee" in most foreign markets.

When (XJ) Cherokee production ended in mid 2001, the portion of the Toledo South Assembly Plant devoted to its production was slowly torn down.

A 2000 Grand Cherokee (WJ) owned by Barack Obama before he was elected President sold at auction in 2010 for $26,437.50, almost ten times its blue book value.

Engines

  • 1984-1985 2.5L (150 CID) I4 carbureted - 105 hp (78 kW) @ 5000 rpm, 132 lbft (179 Nm) torque @ 2800 rpm
  • 1986-1990 2.5L (150 CID) I4 TBI (fuel injected) - 117 hp (87 kW) @ 5000 rpm, 135 lbft (183 Nm) @ 3500 rpm updated in 87-90 to 121 hp (90 kW)
  • 1991-2000 2.5L (150 CID) I4 MPI (multi-port injection) - 130 hp (97 kW) @ 5250 rpm, 139 lbft (188 Nm) @ 3250 rpm
  • 1984-1986 GM 2.8L V6 - 115 hp (86 kW) @ 4800 rpm, 145 lbft (197 Nm) @ 2400 rpm
  • 1985-1987 Renault 2.1L 4cyl. Turbo Diesel - 85 hp (63 kW) @ 3750 rpm, 132 lbft (179 Nm) @ 2750 rpm
  • 1987-1990 4.0L (242 CID) I6 RENIX FI 242ci - 173 hp (129 kW) @ 4750 rpm, 215 lbft (292 Nm) @ 4000 rpm
  • 1991-1995 4.0L (242 CID) I6 MPI (High Output) - 190 hp (142 kW) @ 4750 rpm, 220 lbft (300 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
  • 1996-1999 4.0L (242 CID) I6 MPI (High Output) **Chrysler Block Cast** - 190 hp (142 kW) @ 4750 rpm, 235 lbft (319 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
  • 2000-2001 4.0L (242 CID) I6 MPI "Power Tech" - 193 hp (144 kW) @ 4000 rpm, 243 lbft (329 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm

Foreign Engines

  • 1984-1986 2.1 L Renault turbodiesel I4
  • 1997-2000 2.5 L (150 CID) AMC 150 I4, 130 hp (97 kW)
  • 1997-2001 2.5 L VM Motori turbodiesel I4 (sold in Europe, Australia and South America)
  • 1997-1999 4.0 L (242 CID) 242  I6, 190 hp (142 kW)
  • 2000-2001 4.0 L (242 CID) 242 Power Tech I6, 193 hp (144 kW)

Not available in the US Italian VM 2.5L Turbo Diesel - 140 hp (104 kW), 236 lbft (320 Nm) torque

Trim levels

  • Base - 1984-1993
  • SE - 1994-2000
  • Wagoneer - 1984-1990
  • Briarwood - 1991-1992
  • Pioneer - 1984-1990
  • Pioneer Olympic Edition - 1988
  • Chief - 1984-1990
  • Sport - 1988-2001
  • Country - 1993-1997
  • Classic - 1996, 19982001
  • Limited - 1987-1992, 19982001
  • Laredo - 1985-1992
  • Freedom - 2000
  • 60th Anniversary - 2001
 

Available Driveline Components

Manual transmissions

  • 1984-only : Borg-Warner T-4 4-speed manual, used with 2.5 L I4 only, 21 spline output.
  • 1984 1987 : Aisin-Warner AX4 4-speed manual, used with 2.5 L I4 only, 21 spline output.
  • 1984-only : Borg-Warner T-5 5-speed manual, used with 2.5 L I4 and 2.8 L V6, 21 spline output.
  • 1984 2000 : Aisin-Warner AX5 5-speed manual, used with 2.5 L I4, 2.1 L I4 diesel, and 2.8 L V6, 21 spline output.
  • 1987 Mid-1989 : Peugeot BA-10/5 5-speed manual used with 4.0 L I6, 21 spline output.
  • Late-1989 1999 : Aisin-Warner AX15 5-speed manual, used with 2.5 L I4 diesel, 4.0 L I6, 23 spline output.
  • 2000 2001 : New Venture Gear NV3550 5-speed manual, used with 2.5 L I4 diesel, 4.0 L I6, 23 spline output.

Automatic transmissions

  • 1984 1986 : Chrysler A904 3-speed automatic, used with 2.5 L I4 and 2.8 L V6.
  • 1987 2001 : Aisin-Warner AW-4 4-speed automatic, used with 2.5 L I4 and 4.0 L I6.
  • 1994 2000 : Chrysler 30RH 3-speed automatic, used with 2.5 L I4.

Transfer cases

All the transfer cases used on the Cherokee were chain driven with aluminum housings. Command-Trac was standard on XJ models built with 4WD.

  • 1984 1987 : New Process NP207 "Command-Trac", part-time only, 2.61:1 ratio with low range
  • 1987 2001 : New Process NP231 "Command-Trac", part-time only, 2.72:1 ratio with low range
  • 1987 2001 : New Process NP242 "Selec-Trac", full-time/part-time, 2.72:1 ratio with low range

Axles

The Jeep XJ utilizes front and rear solid (live) axles as opposed to independent front and/or rear axles. This configuration allows the XJ to have superior off-road capability and performance at the expense of some on-road comfort and drivability. Mid-1985 and later two wheel drive models used the same basic suspension with a single tube connecting axle ends with no differential.

Front Axle

  • 1984 1996 : Dana 30, High Pinion, Reverse Cut, 27-spline axleshafts (1989 1995 : with ABS used 5-297x universal joints, non-ABS had 5-260x universal joints. Note: Certain XJ models were produced with constant-velocity joints instead of universal joints.)
  • 1996 1999 : Dana 30, High Pinion, Reverse Cut, 297x/760 universal joint, 27-spline axleshafts.
  • 2000 2001 : Dana 30, Low Pinion, Standard Cut, 297x/760 universal joint, 27-spline axleshafts.
  • 1985 2001 : Straight non-driven front axle for two wheel drive only.

Rear Axle

  • 1984 1989 : Dana 35, non c-clip, with anti-lock braking system (ABS) or non-ABS.
  • 1990 1996 : Dana 35, c-clip, ABS or non-ABS.
  • 1997 2001 : Dana 35, c-clip, ABS.
  • 1991 1996 : Chrysler 8.25", c-clip, non-ABS, 27-spline axleshafts.
  • 1997 2001 : Chrysler 8.25", c-clip, non-ABS, 29-spline axleshafts.
  • 1987 1990 : Dana 44, non-abs, 30-spline axleshafts.

Axle Gear Ratios

Jeep XJs came in several standard gearing ratios:

  • 3.07:1, manual transmission, I6 engine.
  • 3.54:1, automatic transmission, I6 engine with Dana 44 rear differential.
  • 3.54:1, manual transmission, I4 diesel engine with Dana 35 rear differential.
  • 3.55:1, automatic transmission, I6, V6 engines; manual transmission, I4 engine.
  • 3.73:1, automatic transmission, I6, Tow Package, UpCountry Package.
  • 4.10:1, manual transmission, V6; automatic transmission, I4 engine.
  • 4.56:1, automatic transmission, I4, offroad or tow package.

Suspension

The Jeep XJ utilizes a coil spring front suspension with a leaf spring rear suspension.

Front Suspension

The Jeep XJ utilizes the Quadra-Link front suspension. This suspension design locates the axle with four control arms to control up and down movement, two above the axle and two below it. A panhard rod, also referred to as a track bar, is used to locate the axle central to the vehicle. Two coil springs are seated on top of the axle housing as well as two gas-charged shock absorbers. A sway bar is utilized to reduce body roll in turns.

Rear Suspension

The XJ uses a leaf spring rear suspension. Each leaf pack contains four leaf springs with a fixed eye at the front of the spring and a shackle at the rear of the spring. Two gas-charged shock absorbers are also used, along with a mild anti-sway/anti-roll bar. The suspension used on vehicles with the optional UpCountry Package did not employ the rear anti-sway/anti-roll bar and provided one inch of lift over the standard suspension.