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| name = Roman's Taxi
 
| name = Roman's Taxi
 
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| image_size = 300
 
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| caption = Roman's Taxi in [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]
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| caption = Roman's Taxi in ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]''
| manufacturer = [[Albany]] (GTA IV)
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| manufacturer = [[Albany]]
| vehicle_type = Taxi
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| vehicle_type = Taxi cab
 
| body_style = 4-door sedan
 
| body_style = 4-door sedan
| capacity = 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
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| capacity = 4 <small>(driver and 3 passengers)</small>
| appearances = [[Grand Theft Auto IV|GTA IV]]<br>[[The Lost and Damned]]<br>[[The Ballad of Gay Tony]] (beta)
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| appearances = ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]<br>[[The Lost and Damned]]''
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| variants = [[Esperanto]]<br>[[Police Roadcruiser]]
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'''Roman's Taxi''' is the taxi used by [[Roman Bellic]]'s [[Express Car Service|taxi company]] in [[Grand Theft Auto IV]]. Roman's taxis are only driven by Roman and his employees (including [[Niko Bellic|Niko]] in some early missions).
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'''Roman's Taxi''' is a variant of the [[Albany]] [[Esperanto]] used by [[Roman Bellic]]'s [[Express Car Service|taxi company]] in ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'' and ''[[The Lost and Damned]]''. Roman's taxis are only driven by Roman and his employees, though Niko can drive them in a side mission between [[Concrete Jungle]] and [[Roman's Sorrow]].
   
 
== Description ==
 
== Description ==
 
=== Design ===
 
=== Design ===
Roman's Taxi is an Albany Esperanto (Albany being the ficticious name for Cadillac, this leads us to deduce that [[File:Esperanto_badges.png|thumb|Shared badging on the Roman's Taxi and Esperanto.]]it is a Cadillac Seville or something similar) - due to the Albany badging, many people thought that it was actually called the [http://www.gta4.net/vehicles/index_old.php ''Albany''] (which was probably its [[Beta Releases|beta]] name, see ''Trivia''). The car is visually distinguishable from the Esperanto by its minor alterations—red or yellow taxi [[wp:Automotive_lighting#Taxi_displays|emergency lights]] affixed to the front and back, taxi registration number on the trunk, advertising on the rear bumper and rear window, and a custom red interior. By default, Roman's Taxi is dark gray with a discolored [[File:Rom_stickers.png|thumb|Taxi stickers on the Roman's Taxi.]][[File:Rom_stickers_spec.png|thumb|Taxi stickers on the Roman's Taxi (dirty version).]]gray driver's side front fender. It can be resprayed to other colors, and may be randomly resprayed back to its default appearance, except the driver's side fender will no longer be discolored.
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[[File:Esperanto badges.png|thumb|Shared badging on the Roman's Taxi and Esperanto.]]
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[[File:Rom stickers.png|thumb|Taxi stickers on the Roman's Taxi.]]
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[[File:Rom stickers spec.png|thumb|Taxi stickers on the Roman's Taxi (dirty version).]]
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The car is visually distinguishable from the Esperanto by its minor alterations—red or yellow taxi [[wp:Automotive lighting#Taxi displays|emergency lights]] affixed to the front and back, taxi registration number on the trunk, advertising on the rear bumper and rear window, and a custom red interior. By default, Roman's Taxi is dark gray with a discolored gray driver's side front fender. It can be resprayed to other colors, and may be randomly resprayed back to its default appearance, except the driver's side fender will no longer be discolored. The taxi has a different horn to the regular Esperanto, and has only one exhaust pipe, as opposed to two on the regular Esperanto.
   
[[Image:RomansTaxi-GTA4-rear.jpg|thumb|Rear quarter view]]
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====Cavalcade Taxi====
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After aquiring the [[Middle Park East Safehouse]], from completing "[[Hostile Negotiation]]," the [[Esperanto]] based taxis will be replaced by [[Cavalcade]]s. Like the original taxi, it is made by Albany, is mostly black and [[Mohammed]] still drives it.
   
 
=== Performance ===
 
=== Performance ===
Performance and handling-wise, Roman's Taxi is heavier than the Esperanto (1700 kg to the Esperanto's 1600 kg), and has inferior acceleration, but has a significantly greater top speed of 295 km/h (183mph) to the Esperanto's 218 km/h (135mph); it also has slightly stronger braking and softer suspension. The handling feels good and can go around a corner at 40 mph without much trouble.It is slightly less prone to deformation than the Esperanto, and can better withstand collisions.
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Performance and handling-wise, the taxi is heavier than the Esperanto (1700 kg to the Esperanto's 1600 kg), and has inferior acceleration, but has a significantly greater top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph) to the Esperanto's 218 km/h (135 mph); it also has slightly stronger braking and softer suspension. The handling feels good and can go around a corner at 40&nbsp;mph without much trouble. It is slightly less prone to deformation than the Esperanto, and can better withstand collisions.
   
 
=== Use as a taxi ===
 
=== Use as a taxi ===
[[Niko Bellic|Niko]] can call Roman to send a taxi to pick him up, after gaining his favor. The [[Mohammed|taxi driver]] is notoriously short-tempered, with the taxi rides peppered with insults hurled Niko's way for being a freeloader. After unlocking the [[Middle Park East Safehouse|Algonquin Safehouse]] (at which point Roman's business appears to have become highly successful), Roman's taxis are replaced by a fleet of gray [[Cavalcade]]s, with the same disgruntled driver as before. After this, the car is no longer available, unless the player has saved one at a safehouse.
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[[Niko Bellic|Niko]] can call Roman to send a taxi to pick him up, after gaining his favor. The [[Mohammed|taxi driver]] is notoriously short-tempered, with the taxi rides peppered with insults hurled Niko's way for being a "freeloader". The cabs are unavailable between [[The Master and the Molotov]] and [[Blow Your Cover]] due to the events of [[Roman's Sorrow]]. After unlocking the [[Middle Park East Safehouse|Algonquin Safehouse]] (at which point Roman's business appears to have become highly successful), Roman's taxis are replaced by a fleet of gray [[Cavalcade]]s, with the same disgruntled driver as before. After this, the car is no longer available, unless the player has saved one at a safehouse.
   
 
The car can be stolen by the player when it arrives after the player calls for one.
 
The car can be stolen by the player when it arrives after the player calls for one.
   
 
==Benefits==
 
==Benefits==
Unlike the other [[Taxi|taxi]] there are a few advantages to using Roman's taxi.
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Unlike the [[Vapid]] and [[Declasse]] [[Taxi]]s and [[Schyster]] [[Cabby]], there are a few advantages to using Roman's taxi.
   
*The ride no matter where or how long, is free of charge.
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*The ride, no matter where or how long, is free of charge.
*The [[Mohammed|driver]] won't leave the car due to a [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted level.]]
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*The [[Mohammed|driver]] won't leave when the player attains a [[Wanted Level in GTA IV|wanted level]].
 
*It is a good choice for a drive-by, having someone else drive.
 
*It is a good choice for a drive-by, having someone else drive.
*If you accidentally try to carjack the taxi, the doors will be locked so there is no [[wanted level]] for vehicle theft.
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*The vehicle's doors are locked, so if the player accidentally tries to carjack the taxi, they will not gain a [[wanted level]] for vehicle theft. Because of this, the [[Liberty City Police Department (HD Universe)|LCPD]] will not be able to arrest Niko if the player gains a wanted level while inside the taxi.
*The [[LCPD in GTA IV Era|police]] can't [[Busted|arrest]] you as the doors are locked.
 
   
=== Prominent appearances ===
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=== Prominent Appearances ===
 
Roman's Taxi is the first vehicle that the player drives in ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'', and was prominently featured in pre-release materials, with the car initially painted with an all-black body color. It features as part of several early missions, including GTA IV's [[Taxi Driver|taxi side-mission]].
 
Roman's Taxi is the first vehicle that the player drives in ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'', and was prominently featured in pre-release materials, with the car initially painted with an all-black body color. It features as part of several early missions, including GTA IV's [[Taxi Driver|taxi side-mission]].
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In ''[[Grand Theft Auto IV]]'', in the mission, "[[The Cousins Bellic]]," Roman's taxi features '''an all-black body''', To obtain the vehicle, park the vehicle in the parking space but do not head towards the mission marker, and commit suicide. The vehicle will be there when the player returns.
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In ''[[The Lost and Damned]]'', Roman's taxi may appear in the mission "[[Roman's Holiday]]." If [[Johnny Klebitz]] calls Roman (555-2222), Roman will arrive with his taxi shortly after the call. Soon after, Johnny and [[Malc]] will start kidnapping Roman in his taxi and bring them to the hardware store in [[Broker]]. Roman's taxi can be obtained if Malc is killed in this mission.
   
 
== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
* ''Albany'' may actually have been the true beta name of this car. First, it had been seen on pre-release pictures a long time before [[Rockstar Games]] decided to incorporate [[Vehicle Brands|vehicle brands]] to the game. And secondly, inside the file "american.gxt", the car's text entry is under the name "ALBANY."
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* "Albany" may actually have been the true beta name of this car. First, it had been seen on pre-release pictures a long time before [[Rockstar Games]] decided to incorporate [[Vehicle Brands]] to the game. And secondly, inside the file "american.gxt," the car's text entry is under the name "ALBANY."
* When driving Roman's Taxi while being chased by the police, the police scanner will refer the car as "Roman's Esperanto". This may have been another beta name for it, considering it is obviously based on the Esperanto.
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* When driving Roman's Taxi while being chased by the police, the police scanner will refer the car as "Roman's Esperanto." This may have been another beta name for it, considering it is obviously based on the Esperanto.
 
* The Roman's Taxi driven during "[[The Cousins Bellic]]" features an all-black body, as opposed to other occasions when the car features a discolored quarter panel. It is also notable that Roman's Taxi in the cutscene sports wheels from the [[Marbelle]], as more that this was the beta model of the car.
 
* The Roman's Taxi driven during "[[The Cousins Bellic]]" features an all-black body, as opposed to other occasions when the car features a discolored quarter panel. It is also notable that Roman's Taxi in the cutscene sports wheels from the [[Marbelle]], as more that this was the beta model of the car.
 
* The default radio station in Roman's Taxi is [[Vladivostok FM]].
 
* The default radio station in Roman's Taxi is [[Vladivostok FM]].
* In [[The Lost and Damned]], Roman's Taxi can be called in by dialing 555-2222 (the number given to [[Johnny Klebitz|Johnny]] by [[Elizabeta Torres]] earlier in the game) during the mission [[Roman's Holiday]].
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** If [[Roman Bellic|Roman]] is killed instead, Malc will drive off with it after the mission failure cutscene.
* Roman's Taxi does not have the same horn sound as the [[Esperanto]].
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* Roman's Taxi features the [[Vehicle_Features#Door_Ajar_Chime|door-ajar chime]] which can be heard easily in the first mission "[[The Cousins Bellic]]." Before moving the vehicle, switch the engine off and get out without closing the door. With a turned up volume, the player should be able hear the chime.
* Roman's Taxi features the [["Door Ajar" Chime]] which can be heard easily in the first mission "[[The Cousins Bellic]]". Before moving the vehicle, turn off your engine and get out without closing the door. With a turned up volume, you should hear the chime.
 
 
* Although Roman's Taxi always spawns in the default black paint job, it can be resprayed at a Pay 'n' Spray for a silver or red paintjob.
 
* Although Roman's Taxi always spawns in the default black paint job, it can be resprayed at a Pay 'n' Spray for a silver or red paintjob.
* After [[Blow Your Cover]], Roman's Taxi will still be driven by [[Mohammed]] when Niko calls Roman for car service. Only after the [[Middle Park East Safehouse]] is unlocked following [[Hostile Negotiation]] will they be replaced with [[Cavalcade|Cavalcades]].
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** The car will not retain misplaced fenders in silver or red, so only the stock variant is classified as a beater.
* It is possible to take the taxi on the mission [[Roman's Sorrow]] by leaving your car after the cutscene and taking the taxi instead. After the mission you can save the car at your [[Bohan Safehouse]]. Once you have completed all 30 of [[Stevie's Car Thefts]] you can then sell the Taxi to him for $2000
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*The player can take the taxi in the mission "[[Roman's Sorrow]]" if they leave their car after the cutscene and take the taxi instead. After the mission, the player can save the car at the [[Bohan Safehouse]]. Once the player has completed all 30 of [[Stevie's Car Thefts]], Niko can then sell the Taxi to him for $2000.
*The internal files of this car exists within The Ballad of Gay Tony, despite the fact it is never seen in the game. The reason for this is either Rockstar accidently forgot to remove the files, or it was supposed to be used or seen in the beta. With the use of modifications, you can spawn this car and drive it normally.
 
   
 
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Latest revision as of 16:19, February 9, 2015

VEHICLE
Roman's Taxi
RomansTaxi-GTA4-front
Roman's Taxi in GTA IV
(Rear quarter view)
Vehicle type Taxi cab
Body style 4-door sedan
Capacity 4 (driver and 3 passengers)
Appearance(s) Grand Theft Auto IV
The Lost and Damned
Manufacturer Albany
Variant(s) Esperanto
Police Roadcruiser


Roman's Taxi is a variant of the Albany Esperanto used by Roman Bellic's taxi company in Grand Theft Auto IV and The Lost and Damned. Roman's taxis are only driven by Roman and his employees, though Niko can drive them in a side mission between Concrete Jungle and Roman's Sorrow.

Description Edit

Design Edit

Esperanto badges

Shared badging on the Roman's Taxi and Esperanto.

Rom stickers

Taxi stickers on the Roman's Taxi.

Rom stickers spec

Taxi stickers on the Roman's Taxi (dirty version).

The car is visually distinguishable from the Esperanto by its minor alterations—red or yellow taxi emergency lights affixed to the front and back, taxi registration number on the trunk, advertising on the rear bumper and rear window, and a custom red interior. By default, Roman's Taxi is dark gray with a discolored gray driver's side front fender. It can be resprayed to other colors, and may be randomly resprayed back to its default appearance, except the driver's side fender will no longer be discolored. The taxi has a different horn to the regular Esperanto, and has only one exhaust pipe, as opposed to two on the regular Esperanto.

Cavalcade TaxiEdit

After aquiring the Middle Park East Safehouse, from completing "Hostile Negotiation," the Esperanto based taxis will be replaced by Cavalcades. Like the original taxi, it is made by Albany, is mostly black and Mohammed still drives it.

Performance Edit

Performance and handling-wise, the taxi is heavier than the Esperanto (1700 kg to the Esperanto's 1600 kg), and has inferior acceleration, but has a significantly greater top speed of 295 km/h (183 mph) to the Esperanto's 218 km/h (135 mph); it also has slightly stronger braking and softer suspension. The handling feels good and can go around a corner at 40 mph without much trouble. It is slightly less prone to deformation than the Esperanto, and can better withstand collisions.

Use as a taxi Edit

Niko can call Roman to send a taxi to pick him up, after gaining his favor. The taxi driver is notoriously short-tempered, with the taxi rides peppered with insults hurled Niko's way for being a "freeloader". The cabs are unavailable between The Master and the Molotov and Blow Your Cover due to the events of Roman's Sorrow. After unlocking the Algonquin Safehouse (at which point Roman's business appears to have become highly successful), Roman's taxis are replaced by a fleet of gray Cavalcades, with the same disgruntled driver as before. After this, the car is no longer available, unless the player has saved one at a safehouse.

The car can be stolen by the player when it arrives after the player calls for one.

BenefitsEdit

Unlike the Vapid and Declasse Taxis and Schyster Cabby, there are a few advantages to using Roman's taxi.

  • The ride, no matter where or how long, is free of charge.
  • The driver won't leave when the player attains a wanted level.
  • It is a good choice for a drive-by, having someone else drive.
  • The vehicle's doors are locked, so if the player accidentally tries to carjack the taxi, they will not gain a wanted level for vehicle theft. Because of this, the LCPD will not be able to arrest Niko if the player gains a wanted level while inside the taxi.

Prominent Appearances Edit

Roman's Taxi is the first vehicle that the player drives in Grand Theft Auto IV, and was prominently featured in pre-release materials, with the car initially painted with an all-black body color. It features as part of several early missions, including GTA IV's taxi side-mission.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, in the mission, "The Cousins Bellic," Roman's taxi features an all-black body, To obtain the vehicle, park the vehicle in the parking space but do not head towards the mission marker, and commit suicide. The vehicle will be there when the player returns.

In The Lost and Damned, Roman's taxi may appear in the mission "Roman's Holiday." If Johnny Klebitz calls Roman (555-2222), Roman will arrive with his taxi shortly after the call. Soon after, Johnny and Malc will start kidnapping Roman in his taxi and bring them to the hardware store in Broker. Roman's taxi can be obtained if Malc is killed in this mission.

Trivia Edit

  • "Albany" may actually have been the true beta name of this car. First, it had been seen on pre-release pictures a long time before Rockstar Games decided to incorporate Vehicle Brands to the game. And secondly, inside the file "american.gxt," the car's text entry is under the name "ALBANY."
  • When driving Roman's Taxi while being chased by the police, the police scanner will refer the car as "Roman's Esperanto." This may have been another beta name for it, considering it is obviously based on the Esperanto.
  • The Roman's Taxi driven during "The Cousins Bellic" features an all-black body, as opposed to other occasions when the car features a discolored quarter panel. It is also notable that Roman's Taxi in the cutscene sports wheels from the Marbelle, as more that this was the beta model of the car.
  • The default radio station in Roman's Taxi is Vladivostok FM.
    • If Roman is killed instead, Malc will drive off with it after the mission failure cutscene.
  • Roman's Taxi features the door-ajar chime which can be heard easily in the first mission "The Cousins Bellic." Before moving the vehicle, switch the engine off and get out without closing the door. With a turned up volume, the player should be able hear the chime.
  • Although Roman's Taxi always spawns in the default black paint job, it can be resprayed at a Pay 'n' Spray for a silver or red paintjob.
    • The car will not retain misplaced fenders in silver or red, so only the stock variant is classified as a beater.
  • The player can take the taxi in the mission "Roman's Sorrow" if they leave their car after the cutscene and take the taxi instead. After the mission, the player can save the car at the Bohan Safehouse. Once the player has completed all 30 of Stevie's Car Thefts, Niko can then sell the Taxi to him for $2000.

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