Moonbeam

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Vehicle
Moonbeam
(Rear quarter view)
A Moonbeam in GTA III.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV]]
Capacity 4
Manufacturer Declasse (GTA IV)

{{Infobox vehicles | name = Moonbeam | front_image = Moonbeam-GTA3-front.jpg | image_size = 300 | caption = A Moonbeam in GTA III | rear_image = Moonbeam-GTA3-rear.jpg | manufacturer = [[Declasse]] (GTA IV) | vehicle_type = | body_style = | capacity = 4 | top_speed = | endurance = | appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto III|GTA III]]
[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|GTA Vice City]]
[[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas|GTA San Andreas]]
[[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories|GTA Liberty City Stories]]
[[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories|GTA Vice City Stories]]
[[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]] }} The '''Moonbeam''' is a large four-door minivan featured in: * [[Grand Theft Auto III]] * [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] * [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]] * [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] * [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]] * [[Grand Theft Auto IV]] == GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories == === Design === Between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, the Moonbeam is straightforwardly modeled after a [[Wikipedia:Chevrolet Astro|1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari]]/ 2nd Generation Dodge Caravan, but it has tall taillights. Minor cosmetic changes have been made throughout its appearances, but the van has generally retained its bulky 1980s design, making it unattractive in all its appearances. Whilst the GTA Liberty City Stories rendition of the Moonbeam is based on that of GTA III, the GTA Vice City Stories rendition adopts the design of the GTA Liberty City Stories or GTA III rendition, instead of the usual GTA Vice City rendition. During development of GTA III, the van was originally known as the "'''Aster'''", a clear reference to the Chevrolet Astro name. The van is depicted in the [[Capital Autos]] website. {| align="center" | Aster-GTA3-front.jpg|The "Aster", a beta Moonbeam as depicted prior to GTA III's release. Moonbeam-GTA3-front.jpg|GTA III ([[:Image:Moonbeam-GTA3-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]). Moonbeam-GTAVC-front.jpg|GTA Vice City ([[:Image:Moonbeam-GTAVC-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]). Moonbeam-GTASA-front.jpg|GTA San Andreas ([[:Image:Moonbeam-GTASA-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]). Moonbeam-GTALCS-front.jpg|GTA Liberty City Stories ([[:Image:Moonbeam-GTALCS-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]). Moonbeam-GTAVCS-front.jpg|GTA Vice City Stories ([[:Image:Moonbeam-GTAVCS-rear.jpg|Rear quarter view]]). |} === Performance === Moonbeams between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories all possess similar handling properties. Performance is poor, due to the underpowered engines, front wheel drive layouts (Moonbeams in GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories are rear wheel drive), heavy bodies, soft suspension, and high center of gravity (leading to a tendency to flip on rough terrains); as a result, the Moonbeam is generally unsuitable for high-speed driving and has little practical use aside its fundamental function as a mode of transport. The Moonbeam only holds a maximum of four occupants. == GTA IV == === Design === In GTA IV, the Moonbeam (now with a [[Declasse]] manufacturer badge) is still based on a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari but the front end has been greatly altered, incorporating more realistic detailing and design cues, as well as supporting one-tone or two-tone body colors. The Moonbeam can be found in several different configurations, with optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder, elevated aero roof (featuring a "Super Streamline" badge), roof-mounted luggage bars, a custom billet grille that covers the headlamps, and either one of two types of side scuffs. It also can be found with blanked out rear side windows. A Super Streamline badge is featured on all Moonbeams on the driver’s door, regardless of whether it has a "Super Streamline" roof or not. {| align="center" | Moonbeam-GTA4-front1.jpg|A Moonbeam in GTA IV, with luggage bars on the roof and paneled rear quarter windows. Moonbeam-GTA4-rear.jpg|GTA IV rendition; rear quarter view depicting its optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder. Moonbeam-GTA4-front2.jpg|GTA IV rendition; front quarter view with a "Super Streamline" roof, a billet grille covering the headlamps and engine grille, and paneled rear quarter windows. |} === Performance === The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam is powered by a 3.5L engine, presumably a V6, and features a rear wheel drive layout, however its lack of power makes this characteristic negligible; with a top speed 77.8 mph/125.2 km/h, the Moonbeam drives as slowly as its predecessors, and still suffers from understeer. Frustratingly, the Moonbeam fails to withstand a large amount of damage, as its large size would suggest. == Variant == [[Image:Moonbeam-GTA4-Stevie-front.jpg|thumb|275px|right|The requested Moonbeam in [[Stevie's Car Thefts]] in GTA IV.]] In GTA IV, a Moonbeam is requested as part of [[Stevie's Car Thefts]], appearing with a uniquely black and red body. As a new Moonbeam will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to [[S&M Auto Sales]], the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another. == Trivia == *The Moonbeam in GTA Vice City, along with the game's [[Bobcat]], is one of the earliest vehicles in the series to [[Vehicle Details#Model badge|physically depict its name]]; sporting a "MOONBEAM" badge on its trunk lid. *Driving a Moonbeam into the [[TransFender]] in [[Las Venturas]] will cause the vehicle to spawn on top of the garage but underneath the roof, trapping the player and the vehicle. At this point the player can only escape by blowing themselves up, re-loading the game's save file, or re-loading the game itself. * After collecting all thirty cars for [[Stevie]] in GTA IV, he agrees to purchase cars from [[Niko Bellic]], with the Moonbeam fetching $2,200. *In GTA IV the Moonbeam is equipped with the "door ajar" bong when the driver's door is opened. *In GTA Vice City the Moonbeam origanily had back slideing doors. *The Moonbeam plays the following radio stations by default when entered: ** [[West Coast Talk Radio]] in GTA San Andreas. ** [[Integrity 2.0]], [[WKTT Radio]] or [[PLR]] in GTA IV. ==Locations== '''GTA III''' *Garage 30 north of [[Momma's Restaurante]], [[Saint Mark's]], [[Portland Island]] *In the departments of [[Hepburn Heights]], [[Portland Island]] *In [[Callahan Point]], [[Portland Island]] *In the [[Carson General Hospital]] in [[Rockford]], [[Staunton Island]] *And in the [[Liberty Tree]] offices on [[Bedford Point]], [[Staunton Island]] '''GTA San Andreas''' *Commonly seen driving around [[Los Santos]]. '''GTA IV''' *Commonly found in [[Broker]], [[Bohan]], and the [[Berchem|west end]] of [[Alderney]]. *Commonly seen in [[Middle Park East]]. {{Navboxes |title= Navigation |list1= {{vehicles|state=collapsed}} {{gtaiii vehicles|state=collapsed}} {{gtavc vehicles|state=collapsed}} {{gtasa vehicles|state=collapsed}} {{gtalcs vehicles|state=collapsed}} {{gtavcs vehicles|state=collapsed}} {{gtaiv vehicles|state=collapsed}} }} [[Category:Vehicles]] [[Category:Vehicles in GTA III]] [[Category:Vehicles in GTA Vice City]] [[Category:Vehicles in GTA San Andreas]] [[Category:Vehicles in GTA Liberty City Stories]] [[Category:Vehicles in GTA Vice City Stories]] [[Category:Vehicles in GTA IV]] [[Category:Vans]]

The Moonbeam is a large four-door minivan featured in:

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

Design

Between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, the Moonbeam is straightforwardly modeled after a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari/ 2nd Generation Dodge Caravan, but it has tall taillights. Minor cosmetic changes have been made throughout its appearances, but the van has generally retained its bulky 1980s design, making it unattractive in all its appearances. Whilst the GTA Liberty City Stories rendition of the Moonbeam is based on that of GTA III, the GTA Vice City Stories rendition adopts the design of the GTA Liberty City Stories or GTA III rendition, instead of the usual GTA Vice City rendition.

During development of GTA III, the van was originally known as the "Aster", a clear reference to the Chevrolet Astro name. The van is depicted in the Capital Autos website.

Performance

Moonbeams between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories all possess similar handling properties. Performance is poor, due to the underpowered engines, front wheel drive layouts (Moonbeams in GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories are rear wheel drive), heavy bodies, soft suspension, and high center of gravity (leading to a tendency to flip on rough terrains); as a result, the Moonbeam is generally unsuitable for high-speed driving and has little practical use aside its fundamental function as a mode of transport. The Moonbeam only holds a maximum of four occupants.

GTA IV

Design

In GTA IV, the Moonbeam (now with a Declasse manufacturer badge) is still based on a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari but the front end has been greatly altered, incorporating more realistic detailing and design cues, as well as supporting one-tone or two-tone body colors.

The Moonbeam can be found in several different configurations, with optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder, elevated aero roof (featuring a "Super Streamline" badge), roof-mounted luggage bars, a custom billet grille that covers the headlamps, and either one of two types of side scuffs. It also can be found with blanked out rear side windows. A Super Streamline badge is featured on all Moonbeams on the driver’s door, regardless of whether it has a "Super Streamline" roof or not.

Performance

The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam is powered by a 3.5L engine, presumably a V6, and features a rear wheel drive layout, however its lack of power makes this characteristic negligible; with a top speed 77.8 mph/125.2 km/h, the Moonbeam drives as slowly as its predecessors, and still suffers from understeer. Frustratingly, the Moonbeam fails to withstand a large amount of damage, as its large size would suggest.

Variant

File:Moonbeam-GTA4-Stevie-front.jpg
The requested Moonbeam in Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV.

In GTA IV, a Moonbeam is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a uniquely black and red body. As a new Moonbeam will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another.

Trivia

  • The Moonbeam in GTA Vice City, along with the game's Bobcat, is one of the earliest vehicles in the series to physically depict its name; sporting a "MOONBEAM" badge on its trunk lid.
  • Driving a Moonbeam into the TransFender in Las Venturas will cause the vehicle to spawn on top of the garage but underneath the roof, trapping the player and the vehicle. At this point the player can only escape by blowing themselves up, re-loading the game's save file, or re-loading the game itself.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Moonbeam fetching $2,200.
  • In GTA IV the Moonbeam is equipped with the "door ajar" bong when the driver's door is opened.
  • In GTA Vice City the Moonbeam origanily had back slideing doors.

Locations

GTA III

GTA San Andreas

GTA IV