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VIN decoding and build sheets 2005-2010

VIN decoding chart Build stages Body Code Plate
Certification Label Build sheets VON and tracking


1 J 8 H R 5 8 J 9 5 C 0 8 3 0 0 5

Sample 2005 Grand Cherokee VIN number


The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate is attached to the top left side of the instrument panel. The VIN contains 17 characters that provide data concerning the vehicle. Refer to the decoding chart below to determine the identification of a vehicle.

To protect the consumer from theft and possible fraud the manufacturer is required to include a Check Digit at the ninth position of the Vehicle Identification Number. The check digit is used by the manufacturer and government agencies to verify the authenticity of the vehicle and official documentation. The formula to use the check digit is not released to the general public.





VIN # 1 J 8 H R 5 8 J 9 5 C 0 8 3 0 0 5
Position 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Interpretation C
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U
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T
R
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O
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M
F
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M
A
K
E
V
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C
L
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T
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G
V
W
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L
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N
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S
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S
B
O
D
Y
 
S
T
Y
L
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E
N
G
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C
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C
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D
I
G
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Y
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S
S
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P
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6-digit
vehicle serial number



2005 Grand Cherokee

Vehicle Identification Number decoding chart

Position Interpretation Code = Description
1 Country of origin Manufactured By DaimlerChrysler Corporation
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle type 4 = MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle)
8 = MPV With Side Air Bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating G = 5001-6000 lbs.
H = 6001-7000 lbs.
5 Vehicle Line (North America)


Vehicle Line (Export)

S = Grand Cherokee 2WD
R = Grand Cherokee 4WD

C = Grand Cherokee (LHD)
D = Grand Cherokee (RHD)

6 Series 4 = Laredo
5 = Limited

Export (with Euro Group)
E = 5spd Auto Transmission

7 Body Style 8 = 4dr Sport Utility
8 Engine K = 3.7L 6 cyl. MPI Gas
N = 4.7L 8 cyl. MPI Gas
2 = 5.7L 8 cyl. HEMI MDS Gas

Export
M = 3.0L 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel

9 Check Digit 0 thru 9 or X
10 Model Year 5 = 2005
11 Assembly Plant C = Jefferson Assembly
Y = Steyer
12 - 17 Vehicle Serial Number 000000 (6 digits)



2006 Grand Cherokee

Vehicle Identification Number decoding chart

Position Interpretation Code = Description
1 Country of origin Manufactured By DaimlerChrysler Corporation
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle type 4 = MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) w/o Side Air Bags
8 = MPV With Side Air Bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating G = 5001-6000 lbs (2268-2721 kg)
H = 6001-7000 lbs (2722-3175 kg)
5 Vehicle Line (North America)


Vehicle Line (Export)

S = Grand Cherokee 2WD
R = Grand Cherokee 4WD

C = Grand Cherokee (LHD)
D = Grand Cherokee (RHD)

6 Series 4 = Laredo
5 = Limited
6= Overland
7= SRT8

Export (with Euro Group)
E = 5spd Auto Transmission

7 Body Style 8 = 4dr Sport Utility
8 Engine K = 3.7L 6 cyl. MPI Gas
N = 4.7L 8 cyl. MPI Gas
2 = 5.7L 8 cyl. HEMI MDS Gas
3= 6.1L 8 cyl.

Export
M = 3.0L 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel

9 Check Digit 0 thru 9 or X
10 Model Year 6 = 2006
11 Assembly Plant C = Jefferson Assembly
Y = Steyer
12 - 17 Vehicle Serial Number 000000 (6 digits)



2007 Grand Cherokee

Vehicle Identification Number decoding chart

Position Interpretation Code = Description
1 Country of origin Manufactured By Chrysler Corporation
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle type 4 = MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) w/o Side Air Bags
8 = MPV With Side Air Bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating G = 5001-6000 lbs (2268-2721 kg)
H = 6001-7000 lbs (2722-3175 kg)
5 Vehicle Line (North America)


Vehicle Line (Export)

S = Grand Cherokee 2WD
R = Grand Cherokee 4WD

C = Grand Cherokee (LHD)
D = Grand Cherokee (RHD)

6 Series 5 = Premium
6 = Sport
7 = Special
7 Body Style 8 = 4dr Sport Utility
8 Engine K = 3.7L 6 cyl. MPI Gas
N = 4.7L 8 cyl. MPI Gas
2 = 5.7L 8 cyl. HEMI MDS Gas
3 = 6.1L 8 cyl.
M = 3.0L 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel
9 Check Digit 0 thru 9 or X
10 Model Year 7 = 2007
11 Assembly Plant C = Jefferson Assembly
Y = Steyer
12 - 17 Vehicle Serial Number 000000 (6 digits)



2008 Grand Cherokee

Vehicle Identification Number decoding chart

Position Interpretation Code = Description
1 Country of origin Manufactured By Chrysler Corporation
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle type 4 = MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) w/o Side Air Bags
8 = MPV With Side Air Bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating G = 5001-6000 lbs. (2268-2721 kg.)
H = 6001-7000 lbs. (2722-3175 kg.)
5 Vehicle Line (North America)


Vehicle Line (Export)

S = Grand Cherokee 2WD
R = Grand Cherokee 4WD

C = Grand Cherokee (LHD)
D = Grand Cherokee (RHD)

6 Series E = 5-speed auto (DGJ, DGQ, DGU)
4 = Highline
5 = Premium
6 = Sport
7 = Special
7 Body Style 8 = 4dr Sport Utility
8 Engine K = 3.7L 6 cyl. MPI Gas
M = 3.0L 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel
P = 4.7L 8 cyl. MPI Gas
2 = 5.7L 8 cyl. Hemi MDS gas
3 = 6.1L 8 cyl. Hemi 8 gas
9 Check Digit 0 thru 9 or X
10 Model Year 8 = 2008
11 Assembly Plant C = Jefferson Assembly
Y = Steyer
12 - 17 Vehicle Serial Number 000000 (6 digits)



2009 Grand Cherokee

Vehicle Identification Number decoding chart

Position Interpretation Code = Description
1 Country of origin Manufactured By Chrysler Corporation
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle type 4 = MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) w/o Side Air Bags
8 = MPV With Side Air Bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating G = 5001-6000 lbs. (2268-2721 kg.)
H = 6001-7000 lbs. (2722-3175 kg.)
5 Vehicle Line (North America)


Vehicle Line (Export)

S = Grand Cherokee 2WD
R = Grand Cherokee 4WD

C = Grand Cherokee (LHD)
D = Grand Cherokee (RHD)

6 Series E = 5-speed auto (DGJ, DGQ, DGU)
4 = Highline
5 = Premium
6 = Sport
7 = Special
7 Body Style 8 = 4dr Sport Utility
8 Engine K = 3.7L 6 cyl. MPI Gas
M = 3.0L 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel
P = 4.7L 8 cyl. MPI Gas
T = 5.7L 8 cyl. Hemi MDS gas
W = 6.1L 8 cyl. Hemi 8 gas
9 Check Digit 0 thru 9 or X
10 Model Year 9 = 2009
11 Assembly Plant C = Jefferson Assembly
Y = Steyer
12 - 17 Vehicle Serial Number 000000 (6 digits)



2010 Grand Cherokee

Vehicle Identification Number decoding chart

Position Interpretation Code = Description
1 Country of origin Manufactured By Chrysler LLC
2 Make J = Jeep
3 Vehicle type 4 = MPV (Multi-Purpose Vehicle) w/o Side Air Bags
8 = MPV With Side Air Bags
4 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating B = 2268 - 2721 kg (5001 - 6000 lbs)
C = 2722 - 3175 kg (6001 - 7000 lbs)
P = 2268 - 2721 kg (5001 - 6000 lbs)
R = 2722 - 3175 kg (6001 - 7000 lbs)
5 Vehicle Line (North America)


Vehicle Line (Export)

S = Grand Cherokee 2WD
R = Grand Cherokee 4WD

C = Grand Cherokee (LHD)
D = Grand Cherokee (RHD)

6 Series 4 = Laredo
5 = Limited
6 = Overland
7 = SRT8
7 Body Style G = Sport Utility 4 Door
8 Engine K = 3.7L 6 cyl. MPI Gas
M = 3.0L 6 cyl. Turbo Diesel
T = 5.7L 8 cyl. Hemi MDS gas
W = 6.1L 8 cyl. Hemi 8 gas
9 Check Digit 0 thru 9 or X
10 Model Year A = 2010
11 Assembly Plant C = Jefferson Assembly
Y = Steyer
12 - 17 Vehicle Serial Number 000000 (6 digits)






Vehicle build stages

After the design is complete, there are three builds in the process called S0, S1 and S2. As the first attempt, the SO is used to identify potential issues. This is where the Error Mistake Proofing (EMP) process kicks in.

The S0 is the first build attempt and is supposed to be completely production representative. This initial build is not at the plant; it is at a pilot facility with a lot of the same equipment that will be used at the plant. Employees from the plant, known as a pilot team, are brought in to look at the process and determine if there is a more effective way to build the vehicle or design the parts.

The S1 is the second level of production. Everything is supposed to be as close to production as possible and it has modifications that were discovered and changed during S0. S2 is the final build stage and is done right before launch.

For the 1999 Grand Cherokee there were 32 employees assigned to the Pilot team. The team works on the prototype builds of the vehicle, evaluates the assembly process and suggests how the parts could be improved. They also stay with the vehicle all the way from the first "SO" build through the launch. Some members of the team will continue to work on training and making improvements throughout the rest of the model year.

Once the vehicle is set for launch there is a ramp-up process that occurs. All of the components are brought to the line in time to build the vehicles as they start to come down the assembly line. Production starts out slowly and is accelerated in the days or weeks following.






Body Code Plate


WK body plate


A metal Body Code plate is located in the engine compartment and attached to the top of the right frame rail. The information listed on the plate is used for manufacturing and service purposes. Information on the plate includes whether the vehicle is Domestic or export, the Primary and Secondary paint codes, frame sequence number and internal manufacturing codes.

Grand Cherokee paint codes can be found on our Exterior and Interior colors page.





Vehicle Certification Label


WK certification label


A vehicle safety certification label is attached to every DaimlerChrysler Corporation vehicle. The label certifies that the vehicle conforms to all applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. The label is located on the driver-side door shutface.

On the example above, "Date of MFR" is listed as "1-96" which is "January 1996". At the bottom left of the plate the Month, Day and Hour of manufacturer is listed as "MDH 010615", this means that the vehicle was built January ("01"), 6th ("06") at 3:00PM ("15").

The label also lists:

  • Month and year of vehicle manufacture.
  • Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). The gross front and rear axle weight ratings (GAWR’s) are based on a minimum rim size and maximum cold tire inflation pressure.
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)
  • Type of vehicle
  • Type of rear wheels
  • Bar code
  • Month, Day and Hour (MDH) of final assembly
  • Paint and Trim codes
  • Country of origin





Vehicle build sheets


Vehicle build sheets are forms that list all of the colors, features and options of a particular vehicle along with the corresponding sales codes. The top of the form lists the Vehicle Identification Number, model year, model family, build date and trim color. Every single feature and option is noted, if a particular item is not listed then it did not come equipped that way from the factory. Dealer add-on accessories are not included on build sheets.

Build sheets can be obtained from your local dealer by presenting your VIN number and requesting a printout. Build sheets can be very handy when trying to determine color or option codes for ordering replacement parts and accessories. In addition, when shopping for a used vehicle, build sheets can provide a complete list of the vehicle options. They may also show if a vehicle was originally sold to a rental company.

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Vehicle Build Sheet - example data
VIN 1J8HR58J95C083005
Model Year 2005
Family WK
Engine EZB - Engine-5.7L Hemi Multi Displacement
Market USA
Body Model JP74 - JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE LIMITED 4X4 4WD 109.5
Build Date 2004-02-24
Trim *PL - Seats - Leather Trimmed Bucket
Trim Color -J1 - Dk Khaki/Lt Graystone
Sales Codes (partial list)
*PL Seats - Leather Trimmed Bucket
-J1 Dk Khaki/Lt Graystone
191 Zone 91-Drop Ship
25K Customer Preferred Package 25K
2TK Customer Preferred Package 2TK
32F Limited Equipment Discount
4BD Vehicle Order Tracking
5YC WK-Vehicle Family
5I4 Four Wheel Drive (4WD)
A55 5.7L Eng(EZB)/5Spd A/T 545RFE(DGQ)
ADL Skid Plate Group
AEK Electronic Infotainment Sys Group
AFF Luxury Group
APA Monotone Paint
AWB Quadra-Drive 4WD System
BAB Alternator - 160 Amp
BCN Battery - 730 Amp Maintenance Free
BRY Brakes - Anti-Lock 4-Wheel Disc
CAC Seats - Low Back Bucket
CBF Door Trim Panel - Premium
CG6 Seat Belt - Rear Center, 3-Point
CHB Headliner - Cloth Covered
DHX Quadra-Trac II Full-Time,Active 4WD
DSG Axle-Elec LTD Slip Differential,Frt
HGF Insulation - Floor Tunnel
HGA Insulation - Hood






Vehicle Order Number (VON) and vehicle tracking


Once a special order is placed for a vehicle, a document is generated that details the vehicle and exact options that you want. A VON (Vehicle Order Number) is assigned that will allow tracking of your vehicle until it gets assigned a VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).

To obtain the current order status of your vehicle:

1. Call 1-800-992-1997

2. The input sequence is 6, 2, 1, 2, and then your phone number, then 1. This brings you to an operator who can give you details on the status of your order. A complete list of Order Status Codes is shown in the table below.



DaimlerChrysler Order Status Codes
Unscheduled

BA - BA new order that hasn't been checked/approved BB – fleet order only – review by Bid Department
BD – special equipment processing
BE – edit error – coding error which must be corrected before the order can be considered for scheduling
BG – order has passed edit but cannot be considered for scheduling
BG F – finance hold – automatic cancellation after 15 days
BG B – model or option hold / build out hold
BG L – material restriction hold
BG M – material hold (fleet)
BX – good order, available for scheduling
ZA – cancelled order


Scheduled

C   – tentative schedule
D   – firm schedule: serial number is assigned.
D1 – gateline: plant has sequenced the unit for production, estimated ship date assigned
D2 – gateline: framing and build imminent, usually within 3-6 days

Note: Once a vehicle reaches scheduled (C or D) status, it cannot be cancelled by the dealer. Orders can sit in D-status for up to 60 days.


Build

E – framing
F – paint
G – trim


Built

I – unit is pending final inspection
J – vehicle has passed final inspection, but has not been released to carrier
JB – shipped to body vendor
JE – shipped to emissions
JJ – consigned body vendor
JS – shipped to storage
KZ – released by plant and invoiced

Note: Vehicles must reach KZ-status before an invoice can be generated.


Traffic Codes

KZ L – released but not shipped
KZ M – first rail departure
KZ N – first rail arrival
KZ O – delayed/received
KZ OA – plant hold, quality audit
KZ OB – zone or dealer hold, sales hold, vehicle prep hold, tax hold, finance hold, dealer refusal, diversion hold, vehicle diverted, derailment hold
KZ OC – carrier delay hold, rail car shortage, bad load, insufficient load, inclement weather, need shipping order, manifest error, strike-bound hold, emission or safety hold.
KZ OD – mechanical failure, glass damage, vehicle lacking parts, vehicle in repair, storage hold
KZ OE – misdropped or misshipped vehicle
KZ OF – shipped air freight, stolen vehicle recovered, show vehicle, test info code, vessel sailed
KZ OG – damaged vehicle, stolen vehicle, abandon to carrier, vehicle scrapped, donate vehicle, repair and auction
KZ OH – all other carrier codes that currently post an “O” delay code that are not included above
KZ R – vehicle within a few days of arrival to dealer
KZ T – second rail departure
KZ U – second rail arrival
KZ X – delivered to dealer
KZ Y1 – major damage – must not be sold as new
KZ Y2 – major damage – vehicle sold at auction






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