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Not to be confused with checker cab-based vehicle Cabbie or sedan-based vehicle Taxi.

The Schyster Cabby is a four-door minivan-based taxicab in Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes.

Design

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Cabby is a derivative of the Vapid Minivan operated by L.C.C. Taxis, thus resembling a fourth generation Dodge Caravan or Chrysler Voyager. In reality, New York City Taxi rarely use the Caravan or Voyager as a minivan taxi; usually preferring to use the Honda Odyssey (represented in-game as the Dinka Perennial).

The Cabby differs from the other two Taxis by lacking roof-mounted advertisements, featuring only roof-mounted taxi signs, and the presence or absence of stickers, scuff bars, and black trimming above the sideskirts. The Cabby also features red medallions screwed on the front grille and rear end, and a wheelchair accessibility ramp at the rear bumper; however, it is non-functional. Cabbys can spawn with or without stepsides.

The Cabby is seen with a yellow primary color for most of the bodywork, as well as either yellow or black secondary colors for the lower portions of the sides. Unlike its civilian counterpart, which features five-spoke alloy rims, the Cabby is fitted with hubcaps that appear to be similar to the ones from the Vauxhall Corsa C.

Players can enter Cabby's and take taxi rides to destinations.

Current Design Gallery


Performance

Grand Theft Auto IV

The Cabby performs differently from the Minivan, as, while it has slow acceleration and a poor top speed, it makes up for the suspension, which has been slightly upgraded to cope with Algonquin's rough roads, and, accordingly, handles much better than the Minivan. The brakes have also had a slight upgrade, giving the Cabby a shorter stopping distance. Accident deformation and engine build quality are sub-standard, as a direct collision can cause the engine and driver to be set alight.

The car is powered by, what the engine cover suggests, a V8, like its civilian version. However, it is coupled to a 5-speed gearbox in a front engine, rear wheel drive layout. The engine sound is the same as the civilian version and the station wagons of the same game (Stratum, Solair and Ingot).

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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 84 / 135 5 N/A RWD 2200 / 4850
Website Statements / Badges
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Observed
N/A N/A 5 FR V8 (Cover) RWD Cannot be observed

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Like the Taxi, the Cabby appears in scripted traffic as a means to increase difficulty in car chases.

Locations

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • Unlike the two other Taxi models in GTA IV, the Cabby is only seen driving throughout Algonquin and is rarely found in Broker, Dukes, Bohan, or Alderney. These can be sometimes found on bridges as well, especially when leaving Algonquin.

Trivia

General

  • In real life, a rear-wheel drive van with a lowered floor would be impossible as the rear drive axle and shaft would penetrate into the cabin.
  • The Cabby has a brief cameo in the ingame movie Meltdown which appears during the intro to the film along with the Taxi based on the first generation Stanier and the Police Patrol based on the Merit.

Grand Theft Auto IV

  • The default radio stations in the Cabby are:
  • While the vehicle bears a Schyster badge, rather than that of Vapid, the rear of the vehicle reads on the left side Minivan Cabby, and on the right side Limited Vapid designed. This is probably an oversight or a result of reused assets.
    • The badges feature a spelling error; one can see the word "desgined" instead of "designed".
  • Cabbies, as well as all variants of the Taxi, have screens inside the car that display the player's destination. They will despawn if the player is not inside the car. The screens actually share code with TVs; the player can notice this if they use a trainer to spawn a taxi inside their safehouse and choose a destination, the TV will also have the destination on it.

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