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Merit
Merit-GTA4-front
The Merit in GTA IV
(Rear quarter view).
Vehicle type Civilian car
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and three passengers)
Appearance(s) GTA San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
The Ballad of Gay Tony
Manufacturer Declasse (HD Universe)
Related vehicle(s) Taxi
Police Patrol

The Declasse Merit is a full-size four-door sedan featured in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Grand Theft Auto IV.

Design

GTA San Andreas

The Merit is originally based on a fifth generation, 1992-1995 Mazda 929, one of a handful of vehicles in GTA San Andreas with a rounded body design.

GTA IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Merit, assuming a Declasse badge, is redesigned with a similar look to the 1999-2005 Chevrolet Impala LS with the back seemingly inspired by a fifth generation 1995-1997 Honda Accord. The front bumper could be derived from a variety of cars, but the headlights and front grille are reminiscent of a fourth generation Pontiac GTO, while the taillight looks similar to BMW E46 M3]. The wheels seem to be based on American Racing's line of chrome IROC-Z wheel replicas. Unlike the Chevrolet Impala, which is a FWD car, the GTA IV rendition of the Merit is a RWD car. The Merit is also the standard base for the Police Patrol and the Taxi. After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Merit fetching $1,800.

Performance

GTA San Andreas

This rendition of the Merit is designed as a balanced out performance, having average brake response and cornering, and good acceleration and speed. Coupled with its four-seat capacity, the Merit is practically a good choice for drive-bys and police evasion although crash deformation is not impressive. The Output HP for the Merit is 205HP. The Merit is a good starting car for new street racers as it can compare with cars like the Euros and Alpha. The top speed of the Merit is 212KPH.
Merit

A Merit at Grove Street, Los Santos.

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A blue Merit in GTA San Andreas

GTA IV

The GTA IV rendition of the Merit is powered by a V6, mated to a 5 speed transmission in a RWD layout.
Merit badges
Acceleration is good, but nothing special, and in line with the Merit's vanilla, everyday sedan image. Top speed is good: 205 mph(330 km/h). Braking is very good, and ABS is standard. The suspension is very firm, keeping the Merit flat through corners, and enabling it to corner effectively at speed. Accident deformation is acceptable, as the Merit will survive a few frontal impacts before being rendered unusable. The Merit seems suited towards any situation; it's capable of high speeds and it seems able to survive a serious car chase, making it a versatile addition to any parking space.
Merit-GTA4-rear

Rear view

Modifications (GTA San Andreas)

The Merit can be upgraded at TransFender.

Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Hood Fury Scoop $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Twin Exhaust $ 300
Upswept Exhaust $ 400
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Fury $ 350
Worx $ 200
Alpha $ 250
Wheels Import $ 820
Atomic $ 770
Ahab $ 1000
Virtual $ 620
Access $ 1140
Off Road Wheel $ 1000
Mega $ 1030
Grove $ 1230
Twist $ 1200
Wires $ 1560
Car Stereo Bass Boost $ 100
Hydraulics Hydraulics $ 1500

Locations

GTA San Andreas
GTA IV + Episodes from Liberty City

Variants

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Michelle's silver Merit in GTA IV.

In GTA IV Michelle is depicted to own a lustered silver Merit when the player first meets her. The car is used during the mission First Date and can be kept afterwards. It has the same properties as that of a regular Merit. Similar Merits may also spawn parked or in traffic.

Trivia

  • In GTA San Andreas, the Merit has the same engine sound as the ZR-350.
  • The beta version of the GTA IV Merit has different grille and rims as seen in the first trailer
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    Beta version of the Merit as seen in the GTA IV first trailer

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  • The Merit plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The GTA IV rendition of the car unusually features a metal partition between the front and rear occupant compartments, similar to the Taxi and Police Patrol, despite being a private vehicle and thus having no need for it.
  • Sometimes in GTA IV if police are chasing a criminal on foot, and you get out of the regular Merit for a couple seconds, the cop might enter it thinking it is the police rendition.
  • In GTA IV there is a version of the Merit that is rusted, burnt out, and undrivable. It seems to be the beta version because it has a different grille and lights. It also appears in GTA V, but with better textures.
  • The Merit in GTA IV is based on the upgraded Impala, the Chevrolet Impala LS, and not the base version. This is because the Merit has foglights and a spoiler, as does the real - life Impala LS.
Merit-GTAV-wreck

A wrecked Merit in GTA V

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