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Vehicle
Cabbie
A Cabbie in GTA III.
(Rear quarter view)
A Cabbie in GTA III.
Appearance(s) GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA Chinatown Wars
Vehicle type Taxicab
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)

The Cabbie is a Checker Marathon-based four-door taxicab that has appeared in the following games:

Overview

Design

The Cabbie is based on a 1956-82 Checker Marathon taxi; it is presumably based on the '70s and '80s models, considering the games' timelines, however its single headlights are reminiscent of the 1956 Marathon.

There are minor cosmetic differences between Cabbies in each game:

Players can enter Cabbies in GTA Chinatown Wars and take taxi rides to destinations.

Performance

The Cabbie is generally slower and heavier than its more modern counterpart, the Taxi. Its handling is also inferior; the vehicle is somewhat unstable under heavy cornering, and its wobbly suspension can make it prone to rolling over, especially when driving at high speeds. These factors make the Cabbie a poor choice for the taxi side-mission, where speed is critical. Some players, however, favor its rear-wheel drive, which is more capable of powersliding in corners. But if the player knows how to control it, its large V8 engine can help you get in a fast getaway. And it is also a good car to actually go off roading, just it can't run over everything.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Cabbie returns as the sole taxi. Its performance has been improved. Acceleration is acceptable and so is handling. These factors make the Cabbie a good car for evading police (i.e ramming police cars).

Taxi side mission

Customization in GTA San Andreas

The Cabbie in GTA San Andreas can be modified at a TransFender, but is only offered a bare minimum of modification options:

Italicized pricing denotes prices at the Las Venturas TransFender, which charges 20% more except Colors.

  • Colors
    • Car Color 1 (primary body color): $150
  • Nitro
    • 2x Nitrous: $200 ($240)
    • 5x Nitrous: $500 ($600)
    • 10x Nitrous: $1,000 ($1,200)

  • Wheels
    • Import: $820 ($984)
    • Atomic: $770 ($924)
    • Ahab: $1,000 ($1,200)
    • Virtual: $620 ($744)
    • Access: $1,140 ($1,368)
    • Off Road Wheel: $1,000 ($1,200)
    • Mega: $1,030 ($1,236)
    • Grove: $1,230 ($1,476)
    • Twist: $1,200 ($1,440)
    • Wires: $1,560 ($1,872)

  • Car Stereo
    • Bass Boost: $100 ($120)
  • Hydraulics: $1,500 ($1,800)

Variants

Trivia

A rendering of the papercraft Cabbie from the GTA Chinatown Wars section of the Rockstar Games Social Club.
  • Completing the Kaufman Cabs asset in GTA Vice City unlocks the special Zebra Cab, a souped-up Cabbie.
  • After completing GTA Vice City Stories, hydraulics are unlocked for the Cabbie and the Taxi; this disables the vehicles' horns.
  • The Cabbie plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Under the "GTA Chinatown Wars" section of the Rockstar Games Social Club website, members may download a printable papercraft model of the game's Cabbie. The vehicle's design differs in terms of detailing, resembling a real-life Checker Marathon more so than a Cabbie.

Locations

In many cases, Cabbies are only available as part of city traffic, and are not frequently parked in specific locations. However, at least two of the games do spawn Cabbies in set locations:

GTA III
GTA Liberty City Stories

See also