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Sanitary

The Pony is a medium-sized civilian and commercial van featured in both the 3D Universe and HD Universe. It is manufactured by Brute in the HD Universe.

Design

3D Universe

Between Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, the Pony is depicted as a generic, medium sized van that has appeared in two different forms:

For GTA III and GTA Liberty City Stories, the Pony features a modern appearance with a high roof (compared to the Rumpo's lower roof) and resembles a slightly generic 1992-96 Ford Econoline.

The GTA Vice City, GTA San Andreas and GTA Vice City Stories renditions, however are directed in an older form with a conventionally low roof which makes the van aesthetically similar to Ford vans from the late 1980's and 1990's such as the Ford Econoline.

In all its incarnations, the Pony is capable of carrying four passengers (two in the front, two in the back), and can be found driving around industrial areas.

Regular Ponies in San Andreas may occasionally appear with stereo systems in their cargo holds. One such Pony is seen during the mission "Life's a Beach", where it is used by a DJ for a beach party (see #Variants for more details).

Grand Theft Auto IV

In Grand Theft Auto IV, the Pony is manufactured by Brute and is bigger than its last appearance. The front resembles a 1997-2002 GMC Savana and GMC Vandura, while the sides and rear resemble a 1986-1993 Dodge Ram Van. It has tall, narrow taillights, more so than the Ram Van, and its side-mirrors seem to closely resemble modern vans, particularly the 1996–present Chevy Express/GMC Savana. The rear also resembles that of the 1995-2005 GMC Safari. The van may spawn with or without a roof rack as the only available accessory.

The Pony comes with various different company names including Sum Yung Gai Chinese Restaurant, U-Benders Plumbing Services, Pizza This and Mr. Wong's Laundrette. There is not a Pony without a company name in GTA IV.

Grand Theft Auto V

The vehicle retains its design for GTA V. This time, however, more liveries has been added, including a Pony which appears in side-missions for Smoke on the Water.

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Performance

3D Universe

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Vehicle Statistics - 3D Universe
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.cfg
N/A 99 / 160 5 Diesel RWD 2600 / 5732
Observed
N/A N/A 5 N/A RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Pony's performance is somewhat distant compared to the Speedo and the Burrito, as its top speed and acceleration are lower, given the rather large size and the RWD layout. Its handling is decent and its brakes are average, but tends to be problematic when attempting to steer. Resistance to crashes is something that the Pony will have over the Speedo and the Burrito, as the rather heavy weight allows it to push vehicles easily at top speeds and seems to withstand more head-on collisions than the two aforementioned vans.

In other words, instead of the Burrito's focus on speed and the Speedo's focus on handling, the Pony is heavily focused on resistance.

GTA IV Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto IV
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engines Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Handling.dat
N/A 71 / 115 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed

Grand Theft Auto V

The Pony's performance remains challenging, as the van has extremely poor acceleration, which is on par with the Utility Truck's. The Pony has a higher top speed than other vans, however its sheer weight and size prove a struggle for the van to reach it, and the low-revving diesel-sounding engine clearly is not powerful enough. The vehicle has acceptable brakes, and a mediocre cornering, which can be said better than other, larger vans, but still not as nimble as the Speedo or Rumpo.

GTA V Overview


Vehicle Statistics - Grand Theft Auto V
Acceleration
(0-60 mph in Seconds)
Top Speed
(mph / kmh)
Gears Engine Drivetrain
(FWD / RWD / AWD)
Mass
(kg / lbs)
Fuel Tank
Size (litres)
Handling.meta
N/A 81 / 130 5 N/A RWD 2500 / 5512 65
Website Statements [?] / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed / First-Person Speedometer (Enhanced version)
7.7 Seconds 100 / 160 5 FR DOHC Inline-4 (In-game model) RWD Cannot be observed Cannot be observed
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Pony-GTAV-RSCStats
Speed
Acceleration
Braking
Traction

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Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Variants

Panlantic

Grand Theft Auto III & Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Panlantic-GTALCS-front

A Panlantic in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

A Panlantic Construction Company version of the Pony appears in Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (although unavailable without Cheat Devices). This version has the company's logo on the sides and spawns in a single color (grey in GTA III and white in GTA LCS).

TOYZ

Grand Theft Auto III & Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Toyz-GTALCS-front

The TOYZ in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

In Grand Theft Auto III and Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, the TOYZ is a variant of the Pony that bears the Toyz'n The Hood logos on it and can be used to start sidemissions in RC Vehicles. It always spawns in a black color in GTA III and white in GTA LCS.

Top Fun

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City
TopFun-GTAVC-front

The Top Fun in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

In Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, the Top Fun is a variant of the Pony that bears the "Top Fun" logos on it and, like the TOYZ, can be used to start sidemissions in RC Vehicles. It always spawns in a light grey color.

Berkley's RC Van

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
TopFun-GTASA-front

The Berkley's RC Van in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

In Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, the Berkley's RC Van is a variant of the Pony that bears the Berkleys RC logos on it and is known to be one of the rarest variants in the game. It is the replacement of the Top Fun from Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and therefore, labeled as "Top Fun" in the files.

Ballot Van

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
BallotVan-GTALCS-front

The Ballot Van in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.
(Rear quarter view)

Description

The Ballot Van appears in Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, depicted as a Pony with a blue paintjob and a Gruppe Sechs marking on the rear. It cannot be found outside missions and is only featured in the mission Counterfeit Count.

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

Special Variants

  • A Pony with a unique black body colors can be found during "Loose Ends". It can be also found driving on the streets or parked somewhere in the city if the player inputs "Black Cars" cheat into the game.
  • During the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas mission "Life's a Beach", there is a also unique teal Pony with a large stereo system and off-road wheels (presumably to allow it to traverse the sandy beach); it is a one-of-a-kind vehicle as Ponies cannot be modified at TransFender.

Companies

Game Companies
GTA IV
GTA V

Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Cannon Fodder - After the cut scene at Cafe Robina, a Pony spawns at the empty yard beside the cafe, so the it is unnecessary to waste time looking for four-door vehicles if the player doesn't have one. Later in the mission Tommy and the Cubans must steal another Pony that is full of drugs.
  • Loose Ends - An unique black Pony spawns within the yard during this missions.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Snappy Dresser - Toni must tail Casa, who gets on a unique white Pony to Callahan Point. Later Casa parks it near the cafe. If Toni tries to keep near to the Pony, Casa will be spotted and the mission will fail.
  • Dead Meat - The same white Pony reappears in the mission after Toni executes Casa. It can be obtained during the mission progress by driving it into the safehouse garage and destroying it, or simply dumping the van into the water, although this will lead to mission failure. NOTE: It is impossible to obtain the Pony after mission passed, because it disappears when the mission is completed.
  • Taking the Peace - Toni must get on a unique black Pony to get the control of a gang leader's car. After killing all the enemies, the mission passes and the Pony can be driven to a garage if the player wishes to do so.
  • Night of the Livid Dreads - A black Pony is used by the targets to kill the Yardies. It still exists after mission passes, but locked. Push it to a garage to obtain the unlocked doors and save as usual.

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Money for Nothing - Two Ponies are used in this mission, one is used by Victor as a decoy van and the other one is used by Lance and Forbes to carry the drugs away to safety.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Luck of the Irish - The last enemy attacker attempts to leave the area by taking a Pony on the alleyway. However, Niko reacts quickly and snipe him.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • Next to a small building across the street west of the Boatyard in Viceport.
  • Common in Viceport.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

Grand Theft Auto IV

Grand Theft Auto V

  • Can spawn in traffic.
  • Used for the Smoke on the Water delivery missions. It can be obtained if the player switches from Franklin straight after the mission and switches back, the player should find that the van is now enterable. It can only be stored at a garage beside a safehouse, though.
  • Can spawn on Amarillo Vista near Lester's house in El Burro Heights.

Grand Theft Auto Online

  • Can rarely be found parked in La Mesa or Cypress Flats.
    • Spawns more frequent in the enhanced version.

Trivia

General

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City

  • A cosmetic glitch in GTA Vice City causes any Pony which enters a Pay 'n' Spray to emerge with its front bumper facing the opposite direction, towards the rear. Simply parking the vehicle in a garage and allowing the garage door to close will restore the bumper's alignment. This problem is also present in GTA Vice City's Rumpo.

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