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*In [[Callahan Point]], [[Portland Island]].
 
*In [[Callahan Point]], [[Portland Island]].
 
*In the [[Carson General Hospital]] in [[Rockford]], [[Staunton Island]].
 
*In the [[Carson General Hospital]] in [[Rockford]], [[Staunton Island]].
*And in the [[Liberty Tree]] offices on [[Bedford Point]], [[Staunton Island]].
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*In the [[Liberty Tree]] offices in [[Bedford Point]], [[Staunton Island]].
   
 
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===GTA Liberty City Stories===
 
===GTA Liberty City Stories===
*Found driving around in [[Saint Mark's]].
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*Found driving around in [[Saint Mark's]].
*In the parking lot of the [[Harwood Ferry Terminal|Ferry Terminal]] in [[Harwood]], [[Portland]].
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*In the parking lot of the [[Harwood Ferry Terminal|Ferry Terminal]] in [[Harwood]], [[Portland]].
 
*In the underground parking lot of [[AMCo. Headquarters]] in [[Torrington]], [[Staunton Island]].
 
*In the underground parking lot of [[AMCo. Headquarters]] in [[Torrington]], [[Staunton Island]].
   

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VEHICLE
Moonbeam
Moonbeam-GTA4-front2
A Moonbeam in Grand Theft Auto IV.
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Civilian van
Body style Van
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Liberty City Stories
GTA Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV
Manufacturer Declasse (HD Universe)


The Declasse Moonbeam is a large four-door minivan featured in:

GTA III — GTA Vice City Stories

Design

Between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories, the Moonbeam is straightforwardly modeled after a 1985—1994 Chevrolet Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari, but it has tall taillights. Minor cosmetic changes have been made throughout its appearances, but the van has generally retained its bulky 1980s design, making it unattractive in all its appearances. Whilst the GTA Liberty City Stories rendition of the Moonbeam is based on that of GTA III, the GTA Vice City Stories rendition adopts the design of the GTA Liberty City Stories or GTA III rendition, instead of the usual GTA Vice City rendition.

During development of GTA III, the van was originally known as the "Aster", a clear reference to the Chevrolet Astro name. The van is depicted in the Capital Autos website.

Performance

Moonbeams between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories all possess similar handling properties. Performance is poor, due to the underpowered engines, front wheel drive layouts (Moonbeams in GTA San Andreas, GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories are rear wheel drive), heavy bodies, soft suspension, and high center of gravity (leading to a tendency to flip on rough terrains); as a result, the Moonbeam is generally unsuitable for high-speed driving and has little practical use aside its fundamental function as a mode of transport. The Moonbeam only holds a maximum of four occupants.

GTA San Andreas

Modifications

  • The Moonbeam can only be modified in a TransFender garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Exhausts Large Exhaust $ 250
Medium Exhaust $ 200
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
Roof Roof Scoop $ 80
Spoilers Drag $ 200
Worx $ 200
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

GTA IV

Design

In GTA IV, the Moonbeam (now with a Declasse manufacturer badge) is still based on a 1985—1994 Chevrolet
Moonbeam badges
Astro/1985—1994 GMC Safari but the front end has been greatly altered, incorporating more realistic detailing and design cues, as well as supporting one-tone or two-tone body colors. All Moonbeams are now camper conversion vans, and are based off cargo versions without rear quarter windows or passenger versions with rear quarter windows.

The Moonbeam can be found in several different configurations, with optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder, elevated aero roof, roof-mounted luggage bars, a custom billet grille that covers the headlamps, and either one of two types of side scuffs.

Performance

The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam is powered by a diesel V6, unlike the GTA III era Moonbeams which have gas engines, and features a rear wheel drive layout, however its lack of power makes this characteristic negligible; with a top speed 155 mph, the Moonbeam drives as slowly as its predecessors, and still suffers from understeer. Frustratingly, the Moonbeam fails to withstand a large amount of damage, as its large size would suggest.

Variant

Moonbeam-GTA4-Stevie-front

The requested Moonbeam in Stevie's Car Thefts in GTA IV.

GTA IV

a Moonbeam is requested as part of Stevie's Car Thefts, appearing with a uniquely black and red body. As a new Moonbeam will respawn at the same spot until the player delivers one to S&M Auto Sales, the player can save one at their safehouse before delivering another.

GTA Vice City

  • the Moonbeam originally had sliding rear doors.
  • The Moonbeam plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • The Moonbeam may get its name due to the real-life variant Chevrolet Astro, as they both share names with astronomical themes. This is also further proven by the beta name, the Aster.

Locations

GTA III

GTA San Andreas

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA IV

Trivia

  • The Moonbeam in GTA Vice City, along with the game's Bobcat, is one of the earliest vehicles in the series to physically depict its name; sporting a "MOONBEAM" badge on its trunk lid.
  • The GTA IV rendition of the Moonbeam has the record for highest number of variations per vehicle.
  • Driving a Moonbeam into the TransFender in Las Venturas will cause the vehicle to spawn on top of the garage but underneath the roof, trapping the player and the vehicle. At this point the player can only escape by blowing themselves up, re-loading the game's save file, or re-loading the game itself.
  • After collecting all thirty cars for Stevie in GTA IV, he agrees to purchase cars from Niko Bellic, with the Moonbeam fetching $2,200.
  • In GTA IV the Moonbeam is equipped with the "door ajar" bong when the driver's door is opened.
  • In GTA IV it is impossible to do a burnout with the Moonbeam, possibly due to the excessively heavy weight, or the highly-underpowered engine.
  • The Moonbeam is strangely not classified as a "people carrier" in Race Mode, but instead paired with the Speedo, Burrito and Pony in the "vans" class. All Moonbeams are conversion vans, and some are based on cargo van versions, notable by the lack of rear quarter windows. This therefore technically makes the Moonbeam a van, even though its physical and mechanical aspects make it a minivan.
  • In the beta version of GTA IV, the moonbeam was going to have the "MOONBEAM" decal applied to its back hatch, similar to the Vice City rendition.
  • The Moonbeam was one of the Beta Vehicles in Grand Theft Auto V but was removed and replaced with the Paradise, another camper conversion van based on the Rumpo.

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