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Vehicle Features are specific attributes or functional details that can be found on vehicles, in order to enhance the realism of the gameplay. They are added as GTA progresses to make it more realistic, and these features range from subtle chimes when doors are open, to daytime running lights when a car is running. They are more prominent in the HD Universe.

Vehicle License Plates

Vehicle license plates are introduced in Grand Theft Auto III with the player's ability to explore in a three-dimensional environment making plates viewable. The feature has very little use aside for cosmetic purposes.

Description

License plates in GTA III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City are static textures, with all plates in GTA III reading LC R29 (the LC could stand for Liberty City). In GTA Vice City, some vehicles retain the LC R29 plates; others have blurred and illegible versions of the Florida state plate.

License plates are dynamic in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, generating random 7 character license numbers that consist of both letters and numbers. The pattern is: two letters and two numbers, then a space, then a number and two letters (e.g. AA00 0AA). Each of the three major cities in San Andreas have their own plates and some vehicles have their own custom license numbers. Note, however, that during a session of play, all cars of the same model will have the same number plate (for example, all Landstalkers will have the same plates). These will change if a new session of play is started, even if stored in a garage.

Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Los Santos)

A Los Santos plate in GTA San Andreas.

For Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, license plates in both games feature an "LC" (Liberty City) and "VC" (Vice City) prefix, respectively, followed by a four-digit number. While still more varied than in GTA III and GTA Vice City, the games only offer a limited number of license numbers, with each of them specific to certain vehicles' models.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, license plates do not have an actual letter-number combination; instead, all license plates simply say "LIBERTY CITY" in large blue capital letters. The design of the plates is a nearly exact copy of the current New York license plates (as seen here), except that they say "Liberty City State" at the bottom. It is possible that license plates were originally intended to have a letter-number combination, much like the vehicles in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but this feature was dropped during the game's development, possibly due to complications or difficulties arising from programming this feature. Trailers, however, have numbered plates. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the license plate from the beta version of the game can be found on the back of fuel trailers (which can be seen in the gallery below).

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A San Andreas plate from a Grand Theft Auto V pre-release screenshot.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the license plates resemble the current California plates, but have "San Andreas" written on top instead. There are 8 random characters on each plate; the pattern is two numbers, followed by three letters and three numbers (00AAA000). Also, there are multiple types of plates including modern white plates with red cursive state name resembling modern California plates, red embossed state name on white resembling the 1982-1987 California plate, gold embossed state name and serial number on black resembling the 1963-1969 California plates, and gold embossed state name and serial number on blue resembling the 1970's California plates. A fifth license plate design reads "SA EXEMPT" at the top instead of the state name, which states that the vehicle has been issued by a government agency. For this reason, GTA V contains the most realistic plate combinations in the series.

There's a special variation of license plates only seen in North Yankton, which features the same things, except "Yankton" in a red stripe, unseen in SA plates. Only appears in snow vehicles, as North Yankton is a snowy place. These are based on 2001-2006 South Dakota license plates.

Custom plates


Custom plates are typically vanity plates featured on special vehicles, such as vehicles belonging to certain individuals or custom vehicles. Such plates has been seen in use in both GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. In San Andreas they cannot be saved in garages, if they are they simply revert to a usual seven digit plate.

Trivia

  • In real-life, United States license plates are issued by the the state, rather than the city like in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV. In Grand Theft Auto V, the license plates read "San Andreas", the name of the state featured in the game.
  • The first plate available in Los Santos Customs to the player is the same one featured in GTA: San Andreas, but always says San Andreas, as opposed to the ones in GTA: SA that say cities on them.

Gallery

Horns

Main article: Horns

Horns are features that are present in most GTA games. They are usually a specific button on controllers to activate horns. Pressing the horn button on a emergency vehicle will activate the lights and sirens. In GTA V, players can customize the horns their vehicle has. 

Daytime Running Lights

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Daytime Running Lights, also referred to as DRLs, are small light strips or bulbs that cannot be controlled by the player. These lights turn on whenever the car's engine is on, and they remain on until the player turns the car off. Like normal headlights, these ones can get damaged and turn off during collisions. Much like in real life, DRLs seem to be a relatively new feature only found on late-model cars. Not all vehicles have DRLs, just a select few;

Vehicles with DRLs

Door Ajar Chime

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Door Ajar Chimes are chimes that sound in order to alert the vehicle's occupants when a door is open. Only a select few vehicles have it in GTA IV (and the volume usually needs to be high for it to be heard) but it is more prominent in GTA V, and most vehicles have it.

Vehicles with Door Ajar Chime

Fuzzy Dice

Fuzzy Dice is a unique modification available for only three vehicles in the series so far, however, they are only static and decorative, and only act as aesthetic enhancements. Fuzzy Dice are a common decorative matter for gangsters, this is further referenced as two gang cars features a pair of Fuzzy Dice in the mirror.

Cars with Fuzzy Dice

Hydraulics

Hydraulics are a feature available in some GTA games, which enable the player to adjust a vehicle's height through electronic manipulation of the suspension with special hydraulic jacks. Hydraulics can be controlled with the right analog stick on console versions, and pressing either the left or right analog stick will make the vehicle's hydraulics either lock in place or hop in the air, respectively. The first car in the series to have hydraulics was a Yardie Lobo, in GTA III. In GTA Vice City, the Voodoo was the only vehicle to have hydraulics.
Finally in GTA San Andreas, the player can customize almost any vehicle to feature hydraulics, but storywise, the first vehicle to feature them is the Savanna. In San Andreas, many lowriders that are found in the streets are by default equipped with hydraulics. As both hydraulics and the game camera are controlled with the right analog stick (on console versions), vehicles with hydraulics disable the camera control. Almost any car can also be equipped with hydraulics at Wheel Arch AngelsTransFender and Loco Low Co.. In GTA V, the player is unable to modify any vehicle to include a hydraulic suspension system to his car.

Cars with Hydraulics

GTA III
GTA Vice City
GTA San Andreas
GTA Vice City Stories

Pop-up headlights

Pop-up headlights (also called Hidden Headlamps) are headlights that are designed to pop open when the driver turns the lights on. When not in use, the headlamps rotate downwards and sit flush with the hood of the car. They are designed to make the car's front end slightly more aerodynamic, by reducing the space needed for headlamps on the front of the car. Only two vehicles in the entire GTA series feature pop-up headlights.

Vehicles with pop-up headlights

Underglow

Underglow or Neon Lights are a vehicle modification available in Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and in the enhanced Grand Theft Auto V, although Neon Lights appeared in the previous gen version, but it was unique to the Space Docker and it wasn't under the vehicle itself.

Vehicles with Neon Lights

GTAV Enhanced Edition

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The enhanced version of GTA V for PS4, Xbox One and PC adds Neon underglow as a modification option in Los Santos Customs shops in GTA V Story Mode and Online. Neon Kits are found under the lights section. Once fitted, underglow is always on when the vehicle is running. 

Neon Layout

  • Front
  • Back
  • Sides
  • Front and Back
  • Front and Sides
  • Back and Sides
  • Front, Back and Sides

Neon Color

  • White
  • Blue
  • Electric Blue
  • Mint Green
  • Lime Green
  • Yellow
  • Golden Shower
  • Orange
  • Red
  • Pony Pink
  • Hot Pink
  • Purple
  • Blacklight
  • Crew (Online only)

Working Dashboards

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The enhanced version of GTA V for PS4, Xbox One and PC adds functional interior dashboards to all controllable vehicles, particularly noticeable when using First-Person View whilst driving.

Dashboard components

The dashboards feature some working gauges and functional indicator lights, including:

Land Vehicles

  • Speedometer
  • Tachometer
  • Headlights Indicator light
  • Handbrake Indicator light

Air Vehicles

  • Altimeter
  • Air speed indicator
  • Heading
  • Attitude Indicator
  • Vertical speed indicator
  • Landing Gear Up light
  • Landing Gear Down light

But there are also some static gauges (e.g. fuel) that do not change.

Rear view mirrors are present and semi-functional - the reflections are not clear and may not reflect dynamic objects, only terrain.

Radio displays are present on some dashboards which will display the current station, song and artist, while others have a static radio.

Dashboard styles

Some interior dashboard models are shared between vehicles.

Vehicle dashboards
Dashboard image(s) Vehicles using this model Notes/Limitations
Vapid Peyote, Hotknife, Declasse Voodoo Vapid badges present on all makes.
Dukes GTAVe Interior
Imponte Dukes, Duke O'Death
Benefactor Surano
Dinka Blista Compact, Karin Futo Karin (Futo?) badges present on all makes.
Banshee-GTAV-interior

Bravado Banshee

Vacca GTAVe Interior
Pegassi Vacca
FelonGT GTAVe Interior
Felon GT
BuffaloS GTAVe Interior
Bravado Buffalo S
Bagger GTAVe Interior
Bagger
Dinka Thrust GTAVe Interior
Dinka

Thrust

Sanchez GTAVe Interior
Sanchez
Aircraft and watercraft dashboards
Dashboard image(s) Craft using this model Notes/Limitations
Xero Blimp GTAVe 1st Person Cockpit
Xero Blimp
LAZER-GTAV-cockpit2
P-996 Lazer
Cuban800 GTAVe Interior
Cuban 800
Jet-Dashboard-GTAV
Jet
Besra GTAVe Interior
Besra
Seashark GTAVe 1st Person Perspective
Seashark
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