"Medium-duty commercial truck for heavy-duty consumers. Finally, it's a pick-up to go with your two gallon sodas and twenty piece buckets for once. And the ultra-powerful engine can haul you out your bedroom when you weigh in at three tonnes."
Southern San Andreas Super Autos description.

The Vapid Guardian is a heavy pick-up truck featured in Grand Theft Auto Online as part of the Heists Update.


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The Guardian is mostly based on the 2004-present Ford F-650 as seen from the overall chassis of the vehicle. It takes certain styling cues from the GMC Kodiak such as the headlights and the hood. The Guardian also bears similar design to the 2007 GMC Topkick. It also has a much larger version of the grille seen on the Speedo which in turn is based on the 2003-present Chevrolet Express van.

The underside of the Guardian is unique, in that it features a driveshaft loop, which protects the driveshaft from damage on its underside if was to fall off in the event of a U-joint (Universal Joint) failure, as in normal circumstances it would continue to spin in an aggressive rotation without the loop.

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The Guardian has excellent speed and maneuverability for such a heavy vehicle with its turbo diesel engine and 7-speed transmission. Durability is reasonable against traffic collisions and gunshots, although fishtailing can be a problem at medium speeds. The Guardian may not be able to push certain cars out of the way, but with good speed and durability, that is considered unnecessary. The Guardian is also competent at off-roading, and its elevated ground clearance means that it can ford areas of shallow water without suffering from a decrease in speed.

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Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
N/A 81 / 130 6 N/A AWD
35% FWD
65% RWD
3800 / 8378 80
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A 130 / 209 6 N/A AWD 3800 / 8377 N/A
Observed [?]
N/A N/A N/A F4 DOHC Turbocharged Inline-4 (In-game model) AWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Type Upgrade Cost (Online)
Armor Armor Upgrade 20% $4,500
Armor Upgrade 40% $7,500
Armor Upgrade 60% $12,000
Armor Upgrade 80% $21,000
Armor Upgrade 100% $30,000
Brakes Street Brakes $4,000
Sport Brakes $5,400
Race Brakes $7,000
Engine EMS Upgrade, Level 1 $1,800
EMS Upgrade, Level 2 $2,500
EMS Upgrade, Level 3 $3,600
EMS Upgrade, Level 4 $6,700
Exhaust Chrome Pipes $
Lights Xenon Lights $3,000
Loss/Theft Prevention Tracker $2,000
Full Coverage $
Respray -
Sell Sell Vehicle $
Suspension Lowered Suspension $1,000
Street Suspension $2,000
Sport Suspension $3,400
Competition Suspension $4,400
Race Suspension $4,600
Transmission Street Transmission $5,900
Sports Transmission $6,500
Race Transmission $8,000
Turbo Turbo Tuning $30,000
Wheels -
Windows Light Smoke $1,500
Dark Smoke $3,500
Limo $5,000

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Update Change(s)
Grand Theft Auto V
PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC
1.21 Added Guardian.


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  • Despite being classified as an Industrial vehicle, it can be used in Off-road races.
  • The default radio stations for the Guardian are Los Santos Rock Radio, Radio Mirror Park, and Vinewood Boulevard Radio.
  • The Guardian is one of two vehicles added in the Heists Update which do not need to be unlocked by completing heists, the other being the Enduro. Like the Enduro, it is not used in any capacity or appears in, any of the Heists.
  • If enough impacts are taken and the engine cover comes off, it is possible to see that the front bumper is not held on by anything.
  • If the suspension is modified at Los Santos Customs, the vehicle's axles will not align with the wheel hubs, and will instead sit above the wheels.
  • Like the Sandking, the player can fit a Blazer in the bed of a Guardian.
  • Strangely, the steering arm found on the front steering rack is also found on the rear, as if it was modeled the be four-wheel-steered. This is due to the majority of the chassis being shared with The Liberator, which features modeled steering arms at both the front and rear ends. It also shares the driveshaft loop from this vehicle.
  • Despite the engine appearing to be a 3-cylinder from the exterior, using the Rockstar Editor, if the player positions the camera inside the engine bay, an extra inlet and exhaust pipe on the manifolds can be found behind the wall column separating the interior from the engine bay, making the engine a 4-cylinder.
  • It is one of the few vehicles to feature a driveshaft loop. The Liberator and Marshall also feature this.