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Glendale
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A Glendale in GTA V.
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle class (GTA V) Sedans
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto V
Grand Theft Auto Online
Manufacturer Benefactor (HD Universe)
Price $200,000 (Online) (Southernsanandreassuperautos.com)
"What's known in the trade as a 'drug dealers car'. 1990s luxury German four door sedan turned 2010s roving depot for stepped-on cocaine. Expect to get stopped by the cops and stuck up by junkies."
Southernsanandreassuperautos.com description.

The Benefactor Glendale is a four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, and Grand Theft Auto V.

Design

3D Universe

Designed as a 1950s/1960s sedan, the Glendale appears to be the result of joining two halves of two different real-life cars; the front resembles a 1955 Buick Special, with the headlights and roof from a 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air, while the back and sides resemble a 1961 Dodge Polara. While commonly featuring a two tone paint scheme (the roof being white), a Glendale in GTA San Andreas has a color variation that is totally red though. The roof color can also be modified in GTA San Andreas via Transfender.

Along with the Broadway, Hustler, Savanna, Tornado, and the Voodoo, the Glendale in GTA San Andreas doesn't appear to have fuel caps but will explode if shot on the back license plate, perhaps indicating that the car's fuel cap is behind the license plate like some cars in real-life.

HD Universe

The Glendale was introduced in the I'm Not a Hipster Update for GTA V. The Glendale is now based on the Mercedes-Benz E-Class W123 with front fascia cues from the older W114 and a very similar design of the rear and the taillights like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class W109. This design is rather similar to the GTA III-era rendition of the Admiral albeit being a little larger. It also takes design cues, mostly at the rear fascia and taillight cluster, from the BMW E3 3.0Si/Bavaria.

Performance

3D Universe

In terms of performance, the car is only average, with an average top speed, mediocre acceleration, moderate endurance and average cornering. The vehicle's power-to-weight ratio may be a contributing factor to its below-average acceleration, as the car is heavy but posses a weak engine, and as a result, is also a poor hill climber.

HD Universe

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Engine close up in GTA V.

The Glendale is powered by a diesel V6 coupled with a FR layout. The Glendale is a heavy car; The weight plus a soft suspension and the somewhat weak engine means the car understeers through corners despite heavy throttle work, often resulting in spin-outs due to its terrible handling. The car's acceleration is above average for the majority of the sedan class, but is still mediocre to other car classes in general. The Glendale is surprisinglya fast car in the sedan category, having a top speed that just barely touches 200 mph. Durability is average for most sedans, as the car can only take a few head-on collisions before its engine fails. 

Variants

"Beater" Glendale

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The beater variant of the Glendale in GTA San Andreas, with damaged body parts and a different wheel design.

The "Beater" Glendale (internally named the "GLENSHIT") is a GTA San Andreas variation of the Glendale in which the car is damaged, cannot be fixed (you can fix the tires if you shoot them out), and cannot be modified. The "beater" variant has also different wheels and slightly different interior compared to normal Glendale. They have been seen spawning in several places in San Andreas, especially between the two horseshoe shaped rocks in Back o' Beyond and is also said to be the ghost car.

Bloodring Banger

The Bloodring Banger featured in GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas adapts the Glendale into a demolition derby car outfitted with various modifications for such competitions, such as metal bars on the exterior, for protection, and a much more capable engine. While the Glendale is one of two models the Bloodring Banger is based on in GTA Vice City (alongside the Oceanic), only the Glendale-based Bloodring Banger remains in GTA San Andreas.

Modifications

Grand Theft Auto San Andreas

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Car Color 2 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Wheels Access $ 1140
Ahab $ 1000
Atomic $ 770
Grove $ 1230
Import $ 820
Mega $ 1030
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Twist $ 1200
Virtual $ 620
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Grand Theft Auto V

Categories skipped/ignored: Lights, Horn, Plate, Respray, Wheels, Turbo. Stock options(i.e.: no spoiler) are not listed.

Category Modification Price (Story Mode) Price (Online)
Armor 20%
40%
60%
80%
100%
Brakes Street
Sports
Race
Engine EMS level 1
EMS level 2
EMS level 3
EMS level 4
Bumpers Custom Bumper $400 $4600
Exhaust Double Exhaust $300 $750
Dual Shotgun Exhaust $719 $1800
Big Bore Exhaust $1199 $3000
Hood Secondary Color Hood $260 $3000
Classic Hood Primary $600 $5000
Classic Hood Secondary $700 $8000
Pinstripe Hood Primary $800 $9600
Pinstripe Hood Secondary $960 $11000
Roof Roof Rack $280 $700
Day Trip Luggage $460 $1150
Fully Loaded Luggage $640 $1600
Skirts Custom Skirts $332 $5500
Trunk Secondary Color Trunk $220 $7050
Pinstripe Trunk Primary $290 $10000
Pinstripe Trunk Secondary $420 $13000
Suspension Lowered
Street
Sport
Competition
Transmission Street
Sports
Race
Windows Light Smoke
Dark Smoke
Limo
Pure Black

Locations

GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA V

Notable Owners

Trivia

  • Glendale is a city in the Los Angeles County.
  • The Glendale plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Big Smoke's Glendale plays the radio station Bounce FM instead of Radio Los Santos when entered.
  • The Beater Glendale is nicknamed the Ghost Car, due to the spawn point of several Glendales on the slope of a hill in Back o Beyond. The Beaters roll down the hill as soon as the player gets within spawning distance of them, making it appear as if they were driving by themselves.
  • The Glendale bears a striking resemblance to the car (a 1959-1968 Ford Anglia 105E) driven by Harry and Ron in Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets, especially when made to fly using the cheat. In fact, its appearance in the deep woods of Back O' Beyond and the physical state of the Glendale may be a reference to the scene in Chamber of Secrets where the heavily damaged Ford Anglia is seen roaming the Forbidden Forest.
  • There is a glitch on some PS2 versions of the game where the beater Glendale that 'rolls' down the hill spawns incorrectly, right through a tree. If this occurs, the driving wheels can be witnessed spinning on the ground silently, while the car remains stuck.
  • The GTA V Glendale is the counterpart to the 3D Universe's Admiral and the GTA IV's Marbelle and Esperanto.
  • In GTA V, it is stated that the Glendale is a "drug dealer's car". This may be a reference to the Admiral that appears in the introduction of GTA Vice City, where it is used to transport Tommy Vercetti and Ken Rosenberg to arrange a deal between them and Lance Vance. In fact, Tommy and Ken are both drug dealers, further explaining this reference.
  • In GTA V, this car is likely the predecessor of the 2nd-gen Schafter since it is based on the early 1980s model, while the Schafter itself is based on the 2009-present model.
  • Despite being a sedan, the Glendale has the typical engine sound of SUVs and pickup trucks.

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