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Cabbie as shown in GTA III

The Cabbie is one of the two standard taxis featured in GTA III era games (except for GTA Advance). It is based on the iconic 1956-82 Checker Marathon Taxi.


The Cabbie is generally slower and heavier than it's more modern cousin. The handling is also inferior and the vehicle is somewhat unstable under heavy cornering. These factors make the Cabbie a poor choice for the taxi sub-mission, where speed is critical. However, some players favour its rear-wheel drive which is more capable of powersliding in corners.

There are minor cosmetic differences between the vehicles in each game.

  • In Grand Theft Auto III, the Cabbie sports a checker pattern running in a line from the front to the rear of the car.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the Cabbie looks slightly different. The front of the car is slightly more rounded, and the wheels are closer together and set noticably deeper inside the wheel wells. It's stripe also consists of forward arrows in place of the checker pattern seen in GTA III. The Cabbie is the most numerous taxi in Vice City. Vice City also features an operational taxi service, taking a formerly wasted or busted player to the last mission trigger.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, there is no side pattern at all.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Cabbie is back again but wears a set of black and white checkers running across each side.
  • In GTA IV the Cabbie does not appear, but has been replaced by a simillar named cab, the Cabby.

Taxi Sub-Mission

Modifications (TransFender)

  • Color
  • Wheels (ten types)
  • Nitro (All)
  • Bass Boost
  • Hydraulics

Appears In



  • Completing the Kaufman Cabs asset in GTA Vice City unlocks the special Zebra Cab - a souped-up Cabbie, and also causes the standard Cabbie (run by other taxi businesses) to dissappear from the streets; from then on, only Kaufman branded Cabbies run the streets. The Kaufman Cab's car stereo is also disabled, and the Kaufman Cab's dispatcher Delores is heard speaking to drivers over the radio instead.

See also