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"It may look like a sturdy, affordable minivan with high seating capacity and low build quality. Sure. Its manufacturers were happy with a complete lack of features and utter disregard for good looks. But mindless acceptance of obvious facts did not make this country what it is today. Forget about what the Moonbeam is, and start thinking about what a stunted adolescent with thousands of dollars can pay for it to be. Eligible for customization at Benny's Original Motor Works."
— Description at Benny's Original Motor Works website

The Declasse Moonbeam is a four-door minivan featured in every game of the franchise after Grand Theft Auto III. It was later added to Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the GTA Online: Lowriders Update for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC version of the game.

Design

3D Universe

"Good for big families. Or large gang of criminals."
— GTA Vice City Website

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. The GTA Vice City version's taillights are similar to those found on 1992-1994 Ford Econoline vans. Some versions of the Moonbeam have rear fog lights attached to the rear bumper. 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.

Grand Theft Auto IV

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. The tail lights share their textures with the Bobcat and resemble those of the KK Jeep Liberty.

The Moonbeam can be found in several different configurations; stock passenger or conversion; with optional rear-mounted continental tire and ladder (conversion), elevated aero roof (conversion), roof-mounted luggage bars (stock and low-roof conversion), a custom billet grille that covers the headlamps, and either one of two types of side scuffs. Conversion Moonbeams may also be found with panels in place of rear quarter windows.

Grand Theft Auto Online

This article or section refers to content in the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto V, that is not featured on the Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3 versions.
For a complete list of the features of the "enhanced" version of Grand Theft Auto V, please see here.
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The Moonbeam appears in the original shape and design as the latter appearance, however it appears with multiple advanced modifications fitted, and sliding door panels are seen apparent on the side of the vehicle.

The Moonbeam is only available for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC renditions of Grand Theft Auto Online.

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Moonbeam Custom


The Moonbeam Custom is a custom variant of the Moonbeam, which features highly-advanced modifications, and hydraulics enabled, not present on the standard Moonbeam.

To obtain, the player simply needs to purchase a standard Moonbeam, take it to Benny's Original Motor Works and upgrade the vehicle to "Moonbeam Custom" for $370,000. Once the upgrade is purchased, many additional modifications will become available, such as interior modifications, hydraulics, sound systems, vinyls, paint-jobs, plaques, and interior features.

Performance

3D Universe

Moonbeams between GTA III and GTA Vice City Stories all possess similar handling properties. Performance is poor, due to the under-powered engines, rear wheel drive layouts (Moonbeams in GTA III and Vice City are front-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.

Grand Theft Auto IV

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 155mph, 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.

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Grand Theft Auto Online

The Moonbeam is powered by an FR single overhead camshaft V8 capable of moving it at an average top speed. Since the vehicle has a minivan-style body, it weighs a bit less than other industrial-style vans, and as a result has decent acceleration. Unfortunately, this costs it in terms of durability and traction. Poor weight distribution and (in stock form) the high, soft suspension causes heavy oversteer while cornering. Even though the Moonbeam is a van, it is classified by the game as a muscle car for races.

The Custom version has largely similar performance to the stock version, with the exception of the lower, stiffer suspension reducing oversteer slightly. However, Moonbeam Customs have a "spoiler" available to them (the Spare wheel option functions as a spoiler) that provides a traction increase and improves the Moonbeam Custom's handling compared to its stock counterpart.

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Modifications

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • 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

Grand Theft Auto Online

Moonbeam

  • TBA

Moonbeam Custom

Once the "Moonbeam Custom" upgrade is purchased on the standard Moonbeam for $370,000, the following modifications will be available:

  • TBA

Note: Hydraulics will automatically be fitted, albeit with low functionality. Other hydraulics will be available.

Image Gallery

Variants

Moonbeam-GTA4-Stevie-front

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

Grand Theft Auto 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.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto Online

Trivia

  • The Moonbeam was originally planned to have sliding rear doors, although technical limitations in GTA III made it impossible.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 the beta for GTA Vice City, the Moonbeam was originally implied, just as planned originally for GTA III, to have sliding rear doors. However, the limitations still existed. Sliding doors were not added until GTA V.
  • 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, in conjunction with the highly-underpowered engine.
  • The Moonbeam is strangely not classified as a "people carrier" in GTA IV's Race Mode, but instead paired with the Speedo, Burrito and Pony in the "vans" class. The reason for this may be due to the fact that some Moonbeam conversions are based on a commercial model.
  • Unlike other vans, the Moonbeam in GTA Online is the only vehicle to feature working sliding doors. While sliding doors are present in the Youga, they do not open as there is no passenger seating in the back. Other vans either have no side doors, or conventionally opening side doors (as seen on the Minivan).
  • Despite being a van, the Moonbeam in GTA V is classified as a muscle car, most likely due to having visual upgrades available on other cars in the update.
  • In GTA V, The Moonbeam shares a similar sound with sports sedans like the Tailgater and Schafter.
  • The addition of the Moonbeam and its modification options in GTA Online references the Astro/Safari van's popularity in the lowrider scene.
  • A livery that the Moonbeam Custom can be equipped with is based on one which is part of a Chevy Astro/GMC Safari body kit package from Southern California-based body kit manufacturer Xenon.

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