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For the Minivan-based vehicle with a similar name, see Cabby.

The Cabbie is a four-door taxicab featured in both 3D Universe and HD Universe.



The Cabbie is based on a Checker Taxi; it is presumably based on the '70s and '80s models, considering the games' timelines, however its single headlights are reminiscent of the 1956 Marathon.


The Cabbie is generally slower and heavier than its more modern counterpart, the Taxi. Its handling is also inferior; the vehicle is somewhat unstable under heavy cornering, and its wobbly suspension can make it prone to rolling over, especially when driving at high speeds. These factors make the Cabbie a poor choice for the taxi side-mission, where speed is critical.

Some players, however, favor its rear-wheel drive, which is more capable of powersliding in corners. Also if the player knows how to control the Cabbie, its large V8 engine can be potent in a fast getaway. The Cabbie is also more capable of off-roading than the modern Taxi. Lastly, the Cabbie is more durable and should last longer.

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Cabbie returns as the sole taxi. Its performance has been improved. Acceleration is acceptable and so is handling. These factors make the Cabbie a good car for evading police (i.e. ramming police cars). Completing Taxi Driver side mission with gold medal makes all Cabbies bulletproof and become very tough, which may be useful in certain missions.


  • The Cabbie can only be modified in a TransFender mod-garage.
Type Upgrade Cost
Color Car Color 1 (64 different colors) $ 150
Nitro 2x Nitrous $ 200
5x Nitrous $ 500
10x Nitrous $ 1000
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

Different Incarnations

There are minor cosmetic differences between Cabbies in each game:

  • In Grand Theft Auto III, the Cabbie sports a checker pattern running in a line from the front to the rear of the car.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the front of the car is slightly more rounded; the wheels are closer together, and set noticeably deeper inside the wheel wells. Its stripe also consists of forward arrows, rather than the checker pattern seen in GTA III. The Cabbie also sports a different grille design, a mesh grille as opposed to a horizontal one. The Cabbie is used by Vice City Cabs, but it is not commonly seen driving around the city as the great majority of that company's vehicles are the modern versions instead, although a Cabbie may spawn in the parking lot of the Moist Palms Hotel. However the Kaufman Cab, used by Kaufman Cabs, is very similar to the Cabbie albeit a different livery and some modifications, and is the most common taxi in Vice City.

GTA Vice City is the first GTA game to feature an operational taxi service, which can take formerly Wasted or Busted players to their last mission trigger.

Players can enter Cabbies in GTA Chinatown Wars and take Taxi Rides to destinations.


Taxi side mission

Main article: Taxi Driver

TransFender modifications (GTA San Andreas)

  • Color
  • Wheels (ten types)
  • Nitro (All)
  • Bass Boost
  • Hydraulics




A rendering of the papercraft Cabbie from the GTA Chinatown Wars section of the Rockstar Games Social Club.

  • In GTA III Cabbies do not have gearsticks or handbrakes.
  • Completing the Kaufman Cabs asset in GTA Vice City unlocks the special Zebra Cab, a modified Cabbie.
  • After completing the Taxi Driver side-mission in GTA Vice City, GTA Vice City Stories and GTA San Andreas, hydraulics are unlocked for the Cabbie and the Taxi (and for GTA Vice City, the Zebra can as well); this disables the vehicles' horns.
  • The Cabbie plays the following radio stations by default when entered:
  • Under the GTA Chinatown Wars section of the Rockstar Games Social Club website, members may download a printable papercraft model of the game's Cabbie. The vehicle's design differs in terms of detailing.
  • In real life, Checker Marathons were pulled off the streets of NYC after a law established that taxis couldn't be more than five years old. The last one went out of service in New York in 1999. However, they appear in GTA III and Chinatown Wars, set in 2001 and 2009 respectively.
  • In GTA Chinatown Wars, there is a glitch that can occur in a Cabbie. If you call a Cabbie and enter it, set a route to Osama, and skip the journey, you, along with the vehicle and its driver, will spawn on Happiness Island. It is unknown why this happens. When you steal the Cabbie on Happiness Island you can do the Taxi Driver mission as there are fares on the island. However, there's no way out of the island in a car, so you can either quit the mission or destroy the vehicle by driving it into the water and getting out immediately after.
  • In GTA Liberty City Stories at Staunton Island, when you get wasted or busted, enter the Cabbie and arrive at the place where the mission, you will bail out.
  • In GTA Vice City, if the player enters the "All Black Cars" cheat, the Cabbie and the Taxi will be given black bumpers, and rims, instead of a black body design.
  • In GTA: San Andreas, the Cabbie is the most recommended vehicle for Taxi Driver. It has a good acceleration, very comfortable (and good) handling, and it's fast enough to complete the mission. Unlike the Taxi, chances of crashing are much lesser in the right hands.
  • In GTA: Chinatown Wars iOS version, the vehicle can become bullet-, fire- and collision-proof after the player takes a taxi ride. Only headlights can be damaged when crashing, and the only way to destroy the vehicle is by flipping it or driving it into water.


In many cases, Cabbies are only available as part of city traffic, and are not frequently parked is specific locations. However, at least three of the games do spawn Cabbies in set locations:


GTA Vice City

GTA San Andreas

  • Commonly found driving all across San Andreas, mainly in the three cities. Less common than the Taxi.

GTA Liberty City Stories

GTA Vice City Stories

GTA Chinatown Wars

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