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Drive Train

Tom Zehrbach's ZJ in Moab
Photo Courtesy Eric Denning


The Grand Cherokee (ZJ) has been produced since 1993.

Drive Train


The ZJ comes with the 4.0L I6 engine standard and the 5.2L V8 optionally. In 1998, the 5.9L V8 was also an option. In 1999, the 4.7L V8 will be an option.


The AX-15 is the 5 speed manual transmission used in the ZJ.

Information on automatic transmissions will be added later.

Transfer Case

The NP-231 (or NV for New Venture) is the Command-Trac transfer case used in the ZJ. Information on the other transfer cases will be added later.

Front Axle

The Dana 30 is the front axle used in the ZJ.

Rear Axle

The Dana 35c is the axle most commonly found in the rear of the ZJ. The Dana 44 is optional in some models.

Production Information

Year Serial Number Range Production
1993 xxx - xxx ppp
1994 xxx - xxx ppp
1995 xxx - xxx ppp
1996 xxx - xxx ppp
1997 xxx - xxx ppp

Serial Number Locations

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Greg DuRette (4/18/2011)
Yea! I have a 93 zj, Grand cherokee limited with the 5.2 and 4spd auto. I have taken this to places I could'nt walk and have my life savings in. However, I love my jeep and am a convert from the chevy trucks ETC. I am reaching out to other jeep enthusiasts who will help me with my journey with jeep. Thanks..541-574-2951

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