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You may be looking for Cabby, a minivan taxi in GTA IV.
A Cabbie in GTA III (Rear quarter view).

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

  • 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: Chinatown Wars




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:

  • 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 front of the car is slightly more rounded; the wheels are closer together, and set noticeably deeper inside the wheel wells. Its stripe also consists of forward arrows, rather than the checker pattern seen in GTA III. The Cabbie is the most common taxi in Vice City. GTA Vice City is the first GTA game to feature an operational taxi service, which can take formerly Wasted or Busted players to their last mission trigger.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Cabbie's body is smoother, and lacks checker patterns.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Cabbie retains the design featured in GTA III.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Cabbie retains the design featured in GTA Vice City.
  • In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Cabbie does not appear, but has been replaced by a simillarly-named cab, the minivan-style Cabby.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Cabbie returns, and no other taxi types are present.


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.

Taxi side mission

Main article: Taxi Driver

TransFender modifications (GTA San Andreas)

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



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 "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.


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


GTA Liberty City Stories

See also

This article uses material from the "Cabbie" article on the GTA wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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