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.


3D 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 usually represented as the older taxicab available in the city, with the Taxi as the newer counterpart.

The Cabbie retained its design over the 3D Universe games, with some minor alterations on it:

  • The Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories renditions have a characteristic shape on its headlights, similar to the Checker Taxi, as well as a detailed grille, a large exhaust on the rear and sports a checker pattern running in a line from the front to the rear of the car. In Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the Cabbie sports new rims.
  • The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, 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 Grand Theft Auto III. The Cabbie also sports a different grille design, a mesh grille as opposed to a horizontal one and a small exhaust on the rear, this time without altering the rear bumper. In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Cabbie sports new rims.
  • In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Cabbie's body is smoother, and lacks any side patterns. The details are the same as its VC counterpart, aside from the tailights details and the interior.

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Cabbie returns, this time as the main taxicab, since no other taxi types are present. The vehicle seems to retain the same features as the Grand Theft Auto III version, including the checkered stripes.

Players can enter Cabbies and take Taxi Rides to destinations.

Version History Gallery


3D Universe

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 GTA: San Andreas, the Cabbie is the most recommended vehicle for Taxi Driver side missions. It has a good acceleration, very comfortable (and good) handling, and it is fast enough to complete the mission. Unlike the Taxi, chances of crashing are much lesser in the right hands.

3D Universe Overview

Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
N/A 99 / 160 4 Petrol RWD 1250 / 2756 (GTA III)
1750 / 3858 (GTA VC - GTA VCS)
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

In Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars, the Cabbie's 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.

Taxi side mission

Main article: Taxi Driver

Modifications (GTA: SA)

  • 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

Image Gallery



Main article: Borgnine

The Borgnine is a special version of the Cabbie, having a red paintjob, modified bumpers with bloody spikes and an improved performance. It appears in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto Advance.

Kaufman Cab

Main article: Kaufman Cab

The Kaufman Cab is essentially a Cabbie with the Kaufman Cabs company logo on its sides, as well as having a different ingame name. It appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Zebra Cab

Main article: Zebra Cab

The Zebra Cab is a special modified Cabbie, painted in a yellow-and-black zebra pattern, with darker metal trims and bumpers, as well as improved performance. It appears in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.

Taxi companies


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

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

  • Commonly found driving all across San Andreas, mainly in the three cities but sometimes can also occupy the rural zones. Less common than the Taxi.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

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Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars

  • Long-Yang's drug dealing area in Cerveza Heights has a Cabbie parked there. However, it is locked.
  • Found driven almost anywhere in the city since it is the only taxicab in the game.
  • Usually parked near the Pay'n' Spray in Hove Beach. It is the place where the 'champion' leaves his car in the mission Pimp His Ride.



Grand Theft Auto III

  • Cabbies do not have gearsticks or handbrakes.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • If the player enters the "All Black Cars" cheat, both the Cabbie and the Taxi will be given black bumpers, and rims, instead of a black body design.

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars


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

  • 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.
  • There is a glitch that can occur in a Cabbie. If Huang calls a Cabbie and enter it, set a route to Osama, and skip the journey, he, along with the vehicle and its driver, will spawn on Happiness Island. It is unknown why this happens. When stealing the Cabbie on Happiness Island he 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 he can either quit the mission or destroy the vehicle by driving it into the water and getting out immediately after.
  • 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.

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