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The Idaho is a coupe featured in all games in the 3D Universe, with the exception of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.


3D Universe

Depicted as a large, two-door 1970s coupe with a vinyl roof, the Idaho's styling most notably reflects a fourth generation Buick Riviera. The front more closely resembles a 1975/'76 Chevy Caprice (with added turning signals). The Grand Theft Auto Advance rendition is depicted with a dimension dissimilar to that of other Idaho's, with a shorter front end and a smoother front profile, but retaining a different top color.

The Idaho has looked virtually the same in most game it has appeared in, with noticeable tweaks and changes in minor details, mainly on its wheels and windscreens. The Grand Theft Auto: Vice City rendition, in particular, received better detailing, but the game's rendition was not carried over to Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, as it has been for most other vehicles from GTA Vice City. Instead, GTA Vice City Stories reuses the Grand Theft Auto III or Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories rendition of the Idaho.

During development of GTA III, the Idaho was named the "Hachura", a name previously used for another car in Grand Theft Auto 2. Furthermore, one of the two rusty/burned out car wrecks that can be seen in most of the 3D Universe games use a similar model as the beta version of the GTA III Idaho.

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3D Universe

Due to its heavy build and soft suspension, the Idaho lacks serious performance credentials, with poor speed and steering. This places the car at a standing that is even lower than that of an Esperanto, but is still faster than a Manana. Braking is rather poor, with no ABS at all. It is in GTA III one of the only two cars (the other being the FBI Kuruma) to actually scrape its front bumper on the ground when fully braking. A good strategy is to use the handbrake instead of the regular brakes to turn corners. The vehicle suffers the same braking problem as the Esperanto, where (especially in GTA III, where Claude cannot jump from a moving car) an Esperanto travelling at high speed on fire can be lethal for the player inside it. Short of crashing into an obstacle like a tree, the player has little chance to escape before it blows up.

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 5 Petrol RWD 1600 / 3527
N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A Cannot be observed

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Prominent Appearances in Missions

Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

  • Ho Selecta! - Some of the clients own this car, one can be found at the gas station in Harwood and the other in an alley in Saint Mark's.
  • Counterfeit Count - There is one Idaho parked at every place where the van stops, presumably belonging to the workers that Toni has to kill.

Grand Theft Auto Advance

Notable Owners


Grand Theft Auto III

Grand Theft Auto Vice City

Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories

Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories

  • Parked in front of all protection racket businesses owned by Victor Vance (If the player owns all businesses, it will be bulletproof).
  • Occasionally found in the parking lot of the Vice Point Mall in Vice Point.
  • Occasionally found in traffic, in Little Havana and/or Little Haiti.


Grand Theft Auto Advance

  • The crusher scrap value of the car is $512.


  • The vehicle is named after the US state of Idaho. It is one of three vehicles to be named after a US state, the others being the Washington and the Nevada.
  • In the Grand Theft Auto III beta, the Idaho, along with the Esperanto and Yardie Lobo, had hydraulics. However, only the Yardie Lobo has hydraulics in the final game.
  • The LCPD dispatch refers to the Idaho as a convertible, even though the car is only available as a hardtop.
  • The vehicle was due to appear in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas but was dropped during development.
  • Mike Forelli's Idaho has unique chrome trim along the wheel wells.