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Taxis

Calling a taxi

In order to call a taxi, position Niko near traffic, preferably somewhere on the sidewalk. Spot a cab and press L1  PlayStation3  or LB  Xbox 360  . Niko will automatically call out for a taxi. It is also possible to order a taxi with the cell phone if you have problems spotting one. Additionally, Niko can eventually earn the ability to call a limo as you progress in the game.

You can also approach a taxi that already has a fare from the passenger side, then pull out the passenger and get in.

Fast taxi travel

To avoid wasting time driving all the way across the city, call a taxi. They will take you to your destination for your mission, stores, safehouses, or even a waypoint marker. You can skip through the taxi ride, allowing you to travel across the entire city in about ten seconds. This can also be done during missions.

Free taxi ride

  • Get in a taxi. Do not skip the ride after choosing your destination. Just before reaching your destination, hold [Fire] to start a drive-by shooting. The driver will abandon the taxi, and your ride will be free. You can also kill the fleeing driver to actually get money for the ride.
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  • When near a taxi, whistle for it. If no taxi pulls over and stops to wait for you to get in, keep whistling or chase one. Hold [Enter Vehicle] to get in as a passenger. Do not just press and release [Enter Vehicle] or you will end up taking over the taxi. Once inside, choose your destination. It is best if you marked a waypoint on your map leading to that location. Check your map frequently to see how close you are. About three-four blocks away from your destination, take out any gun and shoot the side window next to you. Shoot randomly at cars and people. If done at the correct time (not too close or far away to your location), a cop will appear and begin shooting at your taxi driver. If all is accomplished properly, you will not have to pay a fare for the taxi.

Emergency vehicles

Calling emergency vehicles

Dial "911" on your cellphone. You will reach a voice menu that will allow you to call the police by dialing "1", an ambulance by dialing "2", or a fire truck by dialing "3". Select the vehicle of your choice and wait for them to arrive. The will stop and look around for the emergency, allowing you to easily steal their vehicle.

Shoot fire truck water cannon

Steal a fire truck. Press [Shoot] while driving it to fire the water cannon at the pedestrians.

Self-healing fire truck

If your fire truck catches on fire, use its water cannon to put out the flames and prevent it from exploding.

Change police siren

Get in a police car and turn on your sirens. Hold [Horn] and it will cycle through alternate siren sounds until released.

Driving

Burnout

  • Hold [Accelerate] + [Brake] to do a burnout. If you keep doing this, the smoke will change color and eventually your tires will burst.
  • If you do a burn out long enough you will blow out your back tire(s). In a car, go left until you see lots of smoke then go to the right.

Easy 360s

Gain some speed in a car and hold [Handbrake] until you have completed a full 180. Just before you complete the 180, release [Handbrake] and hold [Brake], which will spin you the next 180 degrees. Obviously you will end up facing the direction you were before the attempt. However, some vehicles cannot do this. Also with some vehicles holding [Brake] will spin you back the way you came while using the handbrake, resulting in back-to-back 180s.

Turn off vehicle

Simply pressing Triangle  PlayStation3  or Y  Xbox 360  when in a vehicle will cause Niko to immediately exit it. However when your vehicle is stopped you can hold Triangle  PlayStation3  or Y  Xbox 360  to turn off your car before Niko gets out of it.

Turn off engine and set emergency brake

While driving any vehicle, come to a complete stop and hold the Triangle  PlayStation3  or Y  Xbox 360   for two seconds. You will hear Niko set the emergency brake and shut off the engine. If you are running headlights, he will turn them off as well.

Faster motorcycles

Note: A PCJ 600 or NRG 900 is recommended for this trick. To drive it faster, accelerate. Just as your bike is about to shift into third gear, tap the Left Analog-stick repeatedly about every second. Do not tap it too fast or you will lose rear tire grip. If done correctly, the engine will gradually get near to the end of its last gear. When it gets to the end of its last gear, the revs will jump to indicate that you are traveling at the bike's top speed.

Brucie's races

Get any car. When you get to the race, wait until the race starts. Immediately after it starts, shoot out at least one tire on each car, but make it quick.

Specific models

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Tug Boat

Get in a boat and search along the water between Alderny and Industrial island to find a tug boat parked in front of two barges. Get near it, then jump on it and press [Enter Vehicle] to steal it.

Steal cars fasters

When you are being chased by the cops and you see a car you want to steal, instead of waiting for Niko to break the car window take a gun out and shoot at the driver's or passenger's side window and he will just get in the car.

Get any vehicle from any mission

During transport missions, there will be some cars, boats, or planes that can only be used in that mission. Just kill the person that is with you in the vehicle and it will be yours to keep.

No helmet on motorcycle

Use the following trick to ride a motorcycle without Niko wearing a helmet. Tap the Triangle  PlayStation3  or Y  Xbox 360   at any point during the animation where he puts the helmet on, but before the helmet actually appears. Doing this cancels the animation and Niko will not wear his helmet. If you wait too long and press that button after the helmet has appeared in Niko's hand it will still cancel the animation, but the helmet will immediately appear on Niko's head.

Hold R2  PlayStation3  or RT  Xbox 360   when you are getting on a motorcycle. You will drive once Niko has started the motorcycle, and "forget" to wear a helmet.

Staying on trucks

Once you jump on a truck keep tapping the [Jump] and Niko will stay on. Note this does not work all the time, and if he falls he loses a small amount of health.

Mid-air cars

When in a helicopter, preferably the police one, enable a code to spawn a car. The car will either float in the air motionless, fall at high speeds, or hit your rotor and spin off.

Avoid paying tolls

  • Use any emergency vehicle, turn on the sirens, and drive through the toll booth at any speed. The booth attendant will open the gate and you will have saved $5.
  • Ride a motorcycle to the side of the pay toll wall. You will not pay a toll if you can drive through the small gap on the sides.
  • When in a car or a motorcycle, drive up to toll booth. Stay on the far side of the booth. Niko will stick his arm out, but not put money in the basket. The gate will still open.
  • Use the following trick to avoid paying a bridge toll without gaining two stars. When you reach the toll booth on the bridge to the next island, slow down near it (but not to close). Push the car in front of you until the toll booth arm falls. Then, go around the car you pushed. Note: This works most of the time.

Honking traffic jam

  • Drive up to an intersection and start honking your horn. Other cars will join in the fun and honk as well. Get close to a police car and honk your horn. They will run their siren to honk with you.
  • When stopped in a car in a large traffic jam, tap out the rhythm of the musical phrase "Shave and a haircut" on your horn. Another car in the traffic jam will answer it with the standard two beep "two bits" response.

Funny GPS

Steal a luxury car with a GPS with a female voice. She sometimes makes the "bing bong" notification sound herself while giving directions. For example, "At 100 yards, turn left." At the junction, she would say "bing bong" instead of an actual beep.

License plate messages

Certain vehicles have funny notes on their license plates cover or broder. For instance the "Ruiner" 1980's Camaro clone has the saying "Ruining Imports Since '67".

Quick repair

While in a vehicle, if you drive over a health pack, your health will be restored and any damage to your car will fully repaired. This is very useful while playing online in a car that has caught fire.

Free re-paint

Use the following trick to get your vehicle painted to the color of your choice. Go to any Pay 'n' Spray and have them fix your car. It costs $100, but if you drive back out then back in without hitting anything, they will give you a free paint job. Repeat this until you get your favorite color.

Roadside assistance

  • If your vehicle breaks down and cannot start, call any number saved in your cellphone or "911". Your engine should start again.
  • If your car breaks down, you can hit it with a baseball bat to get it started again.

Extinguish your own vehicle fire

If your vehicle catches on fire, run over a fire hydrant. Position your vehicle over the spouting water to extinguish the flames before it explodes.

High beam headlights

To turn on the brights in a car, hold Square  PlayStation3  or LT  Xbox 360  for a moment. The bright lights turn on, even in daytime.
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Keeping more cars

  • At the start of the game it would appear that you can only save two cars parked in the "Residents Parking Only" parking spaces in front of your safe house. However if you can find other "Residents Parking Only" places around the city, you can also save cars there even if you do not have a safe house at those locations yet.
  • Outside your first safehouse is a small parking area marked with "Residents Parking Only" signs to park your vehicles and save them. Do not park your vehicles fully within the lines. You can park vehicles partially within those lines to have more vehicles parked and saved there.
  • If you attempt to use the trick to keep more than two cars in any one parking space, it will only work up until you leave the current game session. If you shut off your system, play a multiplayer game, or load your most recent save, all but two of your cars will have disappeared. It seems to either save the two cars closest to the center of the parking space, or save two at random.

Saving helicopters

To save a helicopter, land it in the space for cars in front of a safehouse.

Vehicle list

The following vehicles can be found in the game.

Cars
Admiral
Albany
Banshee
Blista Compact
Blista
Bucanneer
Chavos
Cognoscenti
Comet
Coquette
DF8-90
Dilettante
Dukes
Emperor
Esperanto
Faction
Feltzer
Feroci
Fortune
Futo
Infernus
Intruder
Lokus
Manana
Marbelle
Merit
Oracle
PMP 600
Phantom
Premier
Presidente
Primo
Roman's Taxi
Romero
Ruiner
Sabre GT
Sabre
Schafter
Sentinel
Stallion
Stratum
Sultan
Sultan RS
Super GT
Turismo
Uranus
Vigero
Vincent
Virgo
Voodoo
Washington
Willard
SUVs, vans, and trucks
Biff
Bobcat
Boxville
Cavalcade
Cavalcade FXT
Contender
Flatbed
Habanero
Huntley Sport
Landstalker
Minivan
Mr. Tasty
Moonbeam
Noose Patriot
Packer
Patriot
Perennial
Rancher
Rebla
Ripley
Securicar
Speedo
Steed
Motorcycles
Faggio
Freeway
Hellfury
NRG 900
PCJ 600
Sanchez
Zombie
Boats
Dinghy
Jetmax
Marquis
Tropic
Aircraft
Annihilator
Helitours Maverick
Maverick
Commercial and emergency vehicles
Ambulance
Brute
Bus
Cabbie
Enforcer
FIB Buffalo
Firetruck
Forklift
Police Cruiser
Police Patrol
Police Stockade
Predator
Sky Tram
Subway Tram
SWAT Van
Taxi
Trashmaster