Landstalker

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Vehicle
Landstalker
(Rear quarter view)
A Landstalker in GTA III.
Appearance(s) [[Appearance::GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
GTA IV]]
Vehicle type Civilian SUV
Body style 2-door pickup truck
Capacity 4
Manufacturer Dundreary (GTA IV)

The Landstalker is an SUV which is available 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 and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Design

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

The Landstalker has many different designs between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, usually combined from a variety of sources.

  • In GTA III, the Landstalker resembles a Ford Explorer, while in GTA Liberty City Stories it resembles a Land Rover Freelander. The latter rendition may also come with roof-mounted luggage rack, and boxes in the rear compartment.
  • In GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories, the Landstalker resembles a 1984-1990 Jeep Wagoneer with the headlights and front bumper from the first generation Chevrolet S-10.
  • In GTA San Andreas, the Landstalker generally resembles the GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories rendition but with a few changes. It no longer carries a rear-mounted spare tire; instead, a tire is visible inside the rear compartment. The engine sound suggests a V8.

GTA IV

The GTA IV rendition of the Landstalker bears some resemblance to the GTA Liberty City Stories rendition. It resembles a slightly altered 2007-present Ford Expedition, particularly the Expedition EL (the extended-wheelbase version), considering its overall length and the shape of its rear doors. The headlights resemble those of the 2006-present Range Rover, and the taillights resemble those of the Range Rover Sport. The Landstalker is manufactured by Dundreary Motors, possibly suggesting that it is analogous to the Lincoln Navigator, despite its much closer resemblance to the Ford Expedition.

A special black variant of the GTA IV version can be seen driving around North Holland, featuring chrome side scuff bars, no luggage rails, and TVs installed in the back of the front seats' headrests.

Performance

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

The Landstalker was originally introduced with a light weight (1380 kg), a short wheelbase, high ground clearance, poor grip, stiff suspension, a high center of gravity and unstable weight distribution. As a result, it is highly susceptible to rollovers while simply turning or traversing off-road, if the player doesn't drive carefully or make use of the handbrake. These attributes made the vehicle vastly inferior as an off-road vehicle when compared to the Patriot, Rancher, Sandking and Huntley. Although its handling is poor, the Landstalker has all-round moderate-to-good acceleration and top speed due to its weight.

The GTA Liberty City Stories rendition is noticeably more stable—its redesigned body features a lowered ground clearance (resulting in a slight redistribution of weight to the bottom) and a longer, heavier body (1880 kg), reducing the likelihood of rollovers.

GTA IV

The GTA IV rendition of the Landstalker is quite heavy, resulting in poor acceleration and top speed compared to other SUVs; braking is also adversely affected by the weight. Like the Cavalcade, ABS is only available on some models.. The engine itself sounds as if it is a mid-sized V6, paired to a 4 speed gearbox in a 50% Front, 50% Rear 4WD layout. The suspension is moderately firm, but still far too soft to corner at speed effectively. The body flops about in the turns, often causing the rear end to kick out and fishtail rather than simply overturn as in previous games. On the road, the Landstalker is nowhere near as competent as its closest competitors (the Cavalcade and Huntley Sport), but off-road the Landstalker begins to show its usefulness. The engine has enough torque to allow scaling of medium-grade hills, and the suspension evens out most of the natural bumps; unfortunately, the long rear overhang means the Landstalker can beach itself on rocks. Overall, its off-road performance is inferior to that of the Cavalcade, however it fares better than the Huntley Sport.

Deformation in frontal accidents is acceptable, though rear accidents cause quite a bit of visible damage. The engine itself is sturdy in accidents, allowing the Landstalker to take multiple direct hits at full speed before failing. Overall, this vehicle is better suited for short drives and off-road expeditions than high-speed pursuits.

Alarm

GTA Liberty City Stories models usually have alarms, but those in GTA Vice City and GTA Vice City Stories don't. GTA IV models commonly have alarms, either those that sound the horn or flash the lights.

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

In TransFender:

  • Color
  • Exhaust (three varieties)
  • Fog Lights (two varieties)
  • Nitro (three varieties)
  • Wheels (ten varieties)
  • Bass Boost
  • Hydraulics

Notable owners

Trivia

  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, a Landstalker may be sold at his garage for $3,000.
  • The Landstalker plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Landstalker means that it is suitable for natural areas such as forests and sandy areas.
  • When in reverse in the Landstalker the front badge glows as a reverse light.

Locations

GTA III

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA IV