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Vehicle Guide by Berzerker8x

Version: 0.1 | Updated: 11/02/01




-----------------------DOCUMENT INFORMATION--------------------------

         Game Title: Grand Theft Auto 3
          Developer: Rockstar
            Console: Sony Playstation 2 (PS2)
            Version: 0.1
         Written by: Nelson Cheng 
GameFAQs Forum name: Berzerker8x
             E-mail: ber8x@hotmail.com
                ICQ: 44069452


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------------------------Updates & Revision History-------------------


 -Correction of typos and miscellaneous errors.


--------------------------Table of Contents--------------------------

The contents will be modified occasionally to correct or update any given 



        iiA) Normal listing
        iiB) Categorized listing
        iiB) Vehicle features

        iiiA) Vehicle reality comparison
        iiiB) Vehicle statistical information
        iiiC) Vehicle Advice



----------------------[I] CONTACT INFORMATION------------------------

Feel free to contact me via
 E-mail: ber8x@hotmail.com (MSN INSTANT MESSENGER)
    ICQ: 44069452

Welcomed comments:

 -Errors & mistakes

Unwelcomed comments:
(Please don't contact me about the following subjects)

 -Mission help (please refer to other FAQS within the topic)
 -Anything that is not in the above list of welcomes comments

Any e-mails, instant messenger, ICQ, etc that is not related to the topic 
(GRAND THEFT AUTO 3) will be disregarded or even resulting in being blocked 
or ignored.


-----------------------[II] INTRODUCTION-----------------------------

Grand Theft Auto 3,a purely GENIOUS display of brilliance in the gaming market 
of today! If I ever had dreams of a fantasy game this would be it! From robber 
to taxi driver, and cop to crazy maniac this game covers all aspects of adult 
gamers' needs. This is stuffed with all a gamer's likes and dislikes, and 
to be brief I will be talking about a favourite aspect of mine! VEHICLES!

This FAQ will cover just about all aspects of the vehicles within Grand Theft 
Auto 3. This document is not intended for the use of completing the game but 
instead to further your knowledge of the use of vehicles within the game. 
After reading this document hopefully you will understand all the concepts 
of most or all of the vehicles offered in this game, and apply this knowledge 
to aid you throughout the game! So please enjoy! If there is any questions 
or disagreements regarding the information presented please feel free to 
contact me.



----------------------[III] VEHICLE LISTING--------------------------


This is a list of vehicles that can be obtained.
This list also includes "Gang" Cars. 
The list is in alphabetical order.

Gang cars: (Cars which have a special distinct look added to the type of car 
and belongs to a gang, some have special traits which will be explained 
further on)

*note* Gang cars listed here are placed next to the original car type their 
gang car is based upon
*note* This list excludes all water vehicles

Barracks OL
BF Injection (?)
Borgnine (Secret Taxi Cab)
Cartel Cruiser
Dodo (plane without wings!)
Mr. Whoopee (Ice Cream Truck!)
Mr. Wongs
Pan lantic
Pony (Not related to a horse)
RC CAR (Vehicle used in Hidden Mission)
Rhino (Police Tank)
Rumpo XL
Sentinal (Not a Robot from X-men)
Mafia Sentinal
Stallion (Also not realted to a horse)
Diablo Stallion 
Yakuza Stinger
Yardie Lobo (Hydraulics Car)
Toyz (Hidden Mission Vehicle)
Triad Fish Truck

*If you notice that I missed a car please notify, you will get full credit*
This section will be daily updated incase I missed a vehicle.

[iiB] Categorized Listing

This section has the vehicles in the above section organized according to 
the type of vehicle that they are. This comes in handy when searching for 
a preferred drive-by vehicle or a speedster for missions of personal 

=== Speedsters, Sports cars & Muscle Cars ===

Diablo Stallion
Yakuza Stinger

=== Trucks & Large Offroad vehicles ===

BF Injection?
Cartel Cruiser
Mr. Whoopee
Mr. Wongs

=== Midsize Economy Cars, Vans & Mini Vans ===

Pan Lantic
Rumpo XL
Mafia Sentinal

=== Low Riderz & Limos ===

Yardie Lobo

=== Heavy Duty Transports & Vehicles of Mass POWA! (Buses, etc) ===

Barracks OL

=== Emergency Vehicles ===


=== Planes ===


=== Toyz ===

RC Car

=== "R3" Mission Able Vehicles ===


[iiC] Vehicle Features

This section explains all the special features about key vehicles.

===== "R3" Mission Able Vehicle features =====

Vehicles, which are able to access an alternate mission mode, have different 
features. The features are as listed:


The ambulance has the ability to go into a "paramedic" mode, which enables 
the player to become a paramedic to rescue people in need of medical help 
throughout Liberty City. 

-FBI Car-

All the above vehicles may be enter a "vigilante" mode, which allows the user 
to become an illegal law enforcement officer! In this mode you are to freely 
destroy targeted criminals whithin Liberty City in whatever way you choose! 

The Rhino in particular has infinite machine gun capabilities! So go kill 


With these vehicles you can enter a "taxi driver" mode that allows you to 
become a taxi driver.........This mode plays much like "crazy Taxi." 
Basically you pick up a person who is in need of a taxi (indicated by blip 
on radar) then you must drive that individual to his/her desired location. 
Simple as that, and you will get a cash reward in the end.


With the Firetruck you can enter "Firemen" mode, which permits you to 
extinguish fires located by a blip on your radar. You may press the square 
button to fire your water hose, and rotate the right analog to       control 
the fire hose turret.

===== Hydraulics! =====

-Yardie Lobo-

When using a Yardie Lobo you can perform stylish car hydraulic tricks! Using 
the left and right analog sticks. When the left analog is pressed the car 
will be raised! When pressed again the car will return to its normal state. 
Moving the right analog stick will make the car rise at certain spots. They 
rising spots are opposite of your pushed direction. Example, pushing up will 
result in the rear of the car rising. Another way to think of this is the 
direction you push will lower the car.
 My advice is to try using this car's left analog hydraulic when about to 
lift off fro ma ramp! 

===== RC =====

-RC Car-

This little 1/10th ticking time bomb may be accessed when you get into a van 
with a round toy symbol on the side. (Toyz) For your convenience sake the 
vans are located in the following locations:

-Alley in front of Toni Cipriani's Mamma's Restaurante
-Hephburn Heights Towers near the railway station, behind building
-Near Amco Building in Staunton Island, a bit down the street

Basically when you enter the van you will enter a mission. In the mission 
you can drive this RC around and go kill the targeted things.
By pressing circle on the Keypad you can detonate your RC Car!


--------------------[IV] VEHICLE SPECIAL INFORMATION-----------------

This section lays down special information about each vehicle.

A] Vehicle Reality Comparison

This section will compare the vehicles in Grand Theft Auto 3 with vehicles 
that are actually real. I guess this section would come useful if you want 
to own a car from the game and rein act the game in reality. Please disregard 
the last section.

This section will be always updated; I'm still working on it.

Ambulance       -Ambulance paramedics
Banshee         -Dodge Viper GT-R
Barracks OL     -One of those big troop carriers in WWII
BF Injection    - ??? Notify me if you have a clue ???
Blista          -Toyota Seinna
Bobcat          -Chevy S-10, silverado? 
Borgnine        - ??? Notify me if you have a clue ???
Bus             -School Bus
Cabbie          -Chevrolet Bel Air Convertible
Cartel Cruiser  -New 2001 Chevy Avalanches
Cheetah         -Ferrari Modena, Ferrari
Coach           -GreyHound Coach bus 
Dodo            -a plane of some kind ??? 
Enforcer        -Another Armoured truck, carries SWAT instead
Esperanto       -pinto???
FBI Car         -Rear resembles a Dodge Intrepid
Firetruck       -Firetruck, Vroom Vroom
Flatbed         -Same as the Barracks OL
Infernus        -Lambroghini Diablo, mostly Vector v12! Exact match!
Kuruma          -Dodge Stratus, intrepid rear?
Landstalker     -Blazer? Toyota Landrunner or 4x4 hmmmmmmmm
Linerunner      -Trucker truck! 
Manana          -I don't even wanna know...
Moonbeam        -Chevy Astro?
Mr. Whoopee     -60's Volkswagon Hippy Van topped with whipped cream
Mr. Wongs       -A Triad truck, pretty much exactly like the normal
                 Triad truck. If it ain't white! It ain't Wongs!
Mule            -Delivery trucks!
Pan lantic      -Same as a Moonbeam almost, Chevy Astro?
Patriot         -Hummer!
Perennial       -I dunno, a station wagon?
Police          -??? Notify me if you have a clue ???
Pony            -Same as a Moonbeam almost, Chevy Astro?
RC CAR          -HPI, Kyosho, or etc RC car! With a serpent
Rhino           -Some kind of armoured troop carrier/turret
Rumpo           -??? Notify me if you have a clue ???
Rumpo XL        -??? Notify me if you have a clue ???
Securicar       -Bankroll armoured money truck
Sentinal        -BMW 535i, or BMW 3 Series Cabriolet
Mafia Sentinal  -BMW 535i, or BMW 3 Series Cabriolet 
Stallion        -65' Chevrolet Corvette Convertible
Diablo Stallion -same as stallion but with flames and exposed engine
Stinger         -Mazda Rx-7 or Miata LS with a spoiler. Or a TVR
                 Grifftith 500.
Yakuza Stinger  -same as stinger but silverish white with red
Yankee          -More Delivery Trucks!
Yardie Lobo     -Pinto???
Stretch         -Any lincoln limo? The limo mission limo is 98 120" 
                 classic QVM Lincoln Limousine
Taxi            -Saturn? Chevorlet Malibu? 
Toyz            -Van
Triad Fish Truck-Delivery truck!
Trashmaster     -Typical trash chopp'n truck

[iiB] Vehicle Statistical Information

This section will be laid out as a chart in several categories:
Stam     -Stamina          (Vehicle's life span)
Accel    -Acceleration     (How fats the car can gain speed)
TopSpd   -Top speed        (How fast the car can go overall)
DriveBy  -Drive-By-Bility  (How well I recommend using the car for 
Handling -Handling         (How well a car can turn)
Str      -Strength         (The Torque a car has)
Air      -Air              (How much air can the car obtain)

A scale from 1 to 5 grades these categories.
1- worst/horrible
2- below average, handles like an Izuzu
3- decent/average 
4- good to fair 
5- excellent to exceptional

These stats are based on my preference and likings; feel free to experiment 
with the type of vehicle that you prefer for different tasks. For example, 
for a drive by, you have to have style! But at the same time you must show 
that you are going to run the other guy down! Well mow him down with some 
Section will be updated because I haven't actually tested the car to it's 
fullest, such as driving it off a ramp into a crowd of people, etc. Some of 
the cars are driven from my friend's file so I haven't truly tested them out. 
So feel free to notify me of any mistakes you can think of here.

*note* Manana is my favourite car, heee heee.

Vehicle         | Stam| Accel| TopSpd| DriveBy| Handling| Str| Air|     
Ambulance           4     3      4       3        3        3    2  
Banshee            1-2    5     4-5      1       2-3      2-3   5
Barracks OL         5     1      3       3       1-2       4    1
BF Injection        -     -      -       -        -        -    - 
Blista              -     -      -       -        -        -    -
Bobcat              4     3      3       3        3        4    2
Borgnine            -     -      -       -        -        -    -
Bus                 5     1      4       3        1        4    1       
Cabbie              3     3      3       3        3        3    3
Cartel Cruiser      4     3      4      3-4       3        4    2
Cheetah            1-2    5      5       1        5        1    5 
Coach               5     1      4       3       1-2       5    1       
Dodo                -     -      -       -        -        -    -
Enforcer            5     2      3       4        2        4    1
Esperanto           3     3      3       4        3        3    3
FBI Car            3-4    3     3-4      3        3       3-4   3
Firetruck           5     2      4       2       1-2       4    1
Flatbed             5     1      3       3       1-2       4    1
Infernus           2-3    5     4-5      3       3-4       2    5
Kuruma              3     3     3-4      3        3        3    3
Landstalker        3-4    3      4      3-4       3        3    2
Linerunner         4-5   2-3    3-4     3-4      2-3       4    1
Manana              1     1      1       1        1        1    1
Moonbeam            3     2      3       2        3        2    2
Mr. Whoopee         4     2      3       4        2        4    2
Mr. Wongs           4     3      3       3        2        4    2
Mule                4     3      3       3        2        4    2
Pan lantic         3-4    3      3       3        3        3    2 
Patriot            4-5    3      3       4        3       3-4   2
Perennial          2-3    2      3       2        3       2-3   2
Police             3-4    3     3-4     3-4       3        3    3
Pony                -     -      -       -        -        -    -
RC CAR              1     3      3       -        4        1    1
Rhino               5     1      3      4-5      1-2       5    1
Rumpo               3     2      3       3        3        3    2
Rumpo XL            3     2      3      3-4       3        3    2
Securicar           5     2      3       4        2        4    1
Sentinal            3    3-4     3       3        3        3    3
Mafia Sentinal      3    3-4     3       3        3        3    3
Stallion            3     3     3-4      3       2-3       3    3
Diablo Stallion     3     3     3-4      3       2-3       3    3
Stinger             2     5     4-5      3       4-5      2-3   5
Yakuza Stinger      2     5     4-5      3       4-5      2-3   5
Yankee              4     3      3       3        2        4    2
Yardie Lobo         3     3      3       4        3        3    3
 *Hydraulic raised  3     3     3-4      4        4        3    3
Stretch             3     2      3       1        2        3    2 
Taxi                3     3      3       3        3        3    3
Toyz                -     -      -       -        -        -    -
Triad Fish Truck    4     3      3       3        2        4    2
Trashmaster         5     1      3       4       1-2       4    1
This chart is based on road conditions. This is listed based on a sunny day 
with dry ground.

When it is raining subtract (1/2) a point of value from the car's statistic.

[iiC] Vehicle Advice

The following categories talk about what vehicles are good for certain jobs.

For speed I recommend you using Banshee, Infernus, Cheetah, Stinger or Yakuza 
Stinger. For the mission Turismo, if you can't win I suggest you take a fast 
car, one of the last 5 I mentioned, and park it near the race start but don't 
start. And then go hijack a coach, which is a block down from Joey's. With 
the coach park it in front of the racers but leave room for your car space 
on the left.
Then get in your speedster and get a head start run and start race. Remember, 
never park car in the blue to start race, Always get a ton of speed and nick 
one of the racers to start race this gives you a huge lead. So when you start 
they will have extreme trouble trying to get free from the bus, thus making 
an easy win. Be careful not to crash or get shot by a mafia thug. If you get 
out of your car or crash they will somehow immediately pass you. 


Drive-bys I suggest using a Patriot, Securicar, or Enforcer if you want 
plowing power. They offer good strength and torque to get through just about 
anything. I don't mind their bad handling but I adjust to driving large 
vehicles and not fast so it all balances out.

If you want speed and life I suggest the low rider Yardie lobo. This sleek 
car has the style for anyone who needs to kill and look cool while doing so.

The Rhino is an awesome choice for drive-bys. Although its sluggish speed 
may cause the opposition to pull you out of it. (Has he ever heard of locking 
the door)? But this can be solved by simply shooting out the side window. 
The Rhino is superiorly strong, and has enough firepower for a crazy maniac 
to be happy. The rotating turret is an exceptional supplement. Although when 
you Uzi out the side window your tank will fire one of its shell for a strange 
One problem, it's very difficult not to get a police rating when driving this 

-Superior Suck-

A car that you should avoid at all costs no matter the situation you should 
avoid the "Manana." I don't care if you are being chased by the whole entire 
Liberty city police precinct; do not get into one of those pieces of junk. 
It has no style, no speed, no top speed, and it is plain ugly. Putting your 
life in its hands is risky.

-Stunt Cars-

Good stunt cars would have to have nice acceleration, balanced top speed, 
stable, light, and strong so the driver would not explode after a landing. 
If you are out for huge air you should be driving the speedsters. If you want 
a hilarious vehicle drive the ice cream truck and get air. If you want a car 
that does nice rolls on the ground, I like to call "Flatland," then get a 
Cartel cruiser. If you want a car like the Manana I'll kill you!


Want explosions? Want shrapnel? Well I got the ideas here for you!
First take a nice floor cleaning vehicle like the Enforcer or Securicar and 
then rig it with a bomb, Or take a Coach, Bus, Barracks OL, Flatbed, or 
Firetruck. I don't believe you can rig those with bombs due to size. Well 
then you drive it in a long straightaway to gain its maximum top speed. When 
you feel that you are going fast enough to plow your vehicle into a crowd 
of PEDS and cars. Be sure the car is blocking up the entire traffic. Wait 
awhile for traffic to congest. When you feel there is enough victims run away 
and toss a grenade, or do it the old fashioned Hollywood style and say a nice 
one liner like ("Yippee Ki Yay _______________!") and top it with a rocket 
launcher. After completing that you should have yourself a nice festival of 
lights! One after another the cars should cause a chain reaction! Be sure 
to have some jogging shoes on, you'll need them.

-Off road Rally-

Rally cars or off road cars are suitable for situations in which you need 
to shave off time to complete certain missions.
Good afraid terrain vehicles are the Bobcat, Cartel cruiser, Yardie Lobo 
(with hydraulic mode on with high clearance/ride height), Landstalker, 
Patriot. Also Kurumas and Sentinals are nice for a good sedan rally car. 
Below is a grading list, which shows how each vehicle performs off road and 
on what type of surfaces.
This is graded once again by the 1-5 grading system.
(Refer to "IV" "iiB")

vehicle            |grass |rock |dirt |rain |crowds of PEDS                               
Bobcat                5     5     4     3     4
*Cartel Cruiser       5     5     5     4     5
Yardie Lobo           4     4     4     4     4
Landstalker           5     5     4     3     4     
*Patriot              5     5     5     4     5
Kuruma               3-4    4    3-4    4    3-4(pending on speed)
Sentinal              4    3-4   3-4    4    3-4(   "     "    ")
*These two vehicles in particular I find has better torque then the rest and 
can really rip through terrain. They also have the best stablizing 
weight/balance ratio.

As for the others, the landstalker has some extra weight which really tens 
to pull the vehicle to opposite ends during tightturns. This does not only 
happen to the Landstalker and can occur on the toehrs as well. But noticed 
here with it the most.

The kuruma and sentinal, great for hilly surfaces, but never overuse 
handbrake or results may be weird.

*note* With all these vehicles, do not use handbrake unless you are sure of 
what you are doing. That is offroad only. The terrain has altering affects, 
OR as it seems.

Never use handbrakes as the floor is slick and traction is lost.

Handbrake can be used, but the car tends to overtorque and tire grip is lost.

Same as grass but slightly more.

Did not notice any effects. Same as road almost.

-Crowds of PEDS-
Their corpse makes red streaks!

------------------------[V] CREDITS/THANKS---------------------------

I'd like to begin by thanking Rockstar for making this awesome game!  DMA 
for publishing and producing this work of art, which everyone will love and 
charish for our whole lives! Without them taking the gaming industry into 
these new territories we all might be stuck playing childish adolescent games 
such as Banjo Kazooie and Pokemon. (Only examples, I don't play those games.) 
I think many of thousands of people all share the same feeling as I do and 
we'd all like to give a big thanks.

Special thanks to GameFAQs! Without you guys this FAQ wouldn't of seen the 
day of light by the many gamers of Grand Theft Auto 3!
GameFAQs crew, you're all doing an awesome job so keep it up! Let everyone's' 
wisdom be heard!

Thanks to my friends for making this FAQ possible. Jesse Scrivanich (RageATM) 
thanks a bunch to you my friend. Hanging in there with me throughout the 
hardships in the game.

Last of all; thank all of you readers who make all this possible! Without 
you guys my knowledge would be nothing but lifeless toilet paper! So thanks!

As sad as it is doing this I must conclude this FAQ. I hope to create more 
FAQs in the future to aid thousands of gamers. Until then, read this! Have 
fun! Most of all enjoy it! 
And so this concludes the FAQ.

-Nelson Cheng (Berzerker8x)

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