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The Bandito in GTA San Andreas
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style Dune buggy
Capacity 1 (driver)
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas

The Bandito is sand-driving buggy in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.



The Bandito is designed as a single occupant sand rail with a relatively simple construction. The Bandito's body and chassis consists of formed and welded metal tubing. Its driver compartment, engine and other mechanical components are exposed; lights and windscreen are also added. Being stripped down to the bare essentials, the Bandito also lacks a radio.


The performance of the Bandito is comparably better than that of a BF Injection, a similar dune buggy, as the Bandito is not susceptible to spinouts due to a more balanced chassis and longer length. Its soft suspensions and off-road tires allow the vehicle to traverse rough terrain and sand with no problem, and its speed is considerably above average. On the bad side, the Bandito can't hold that much damage and will catch on fire in about 3 full-speed smashes to a wall. The vehicle is also bottom-heavy and wider at the bottom, reducing the risk of the vehicle resting on its top. Oddly enough, it sounds just like an FCR-900.


  • During the San Fierro Street Race "Bandito Country", the Bandito driven by Carl actually has a radio equipped; even though it isn't present visually. This may be the only Bandito in the game to ever have a radio equipped (leaving mods aside).
  • The Bandito looks like the cars from the Smuggler's Run series developed by Angel Studios (now known as Rockstar San Diego).
  • It is one of the few one-seater cars in GTA San Andreas, the others being the Sweeper, Forklift, Baggage Handler, Kart, Dozer, Mower, and Combine Harvester.
  • "Bandito" is Italian for "Gangster," or "Outlaw."
  • If the player activates the health cheat while driving a Bandito the belt wheel on the engine will become perpendicular with its normal rotation position.
  • There are no steering arms attached to the front wheels of the buggy, which in theory means that it is impossible for the Bandito to steer. (This logic is however ignored in-game)
  • The BF Dune Buggy, which strongly resembles the Bandito, appears in the second GTA V trailer.


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