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Portland crane (import/export) glitch


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I am currently playing GTA 3, and I am halfway through the story (Arms Shortage is my last mission completed).

I was doing the Portland crane emergency vehicle deliveries, and managed to deliver nearly all vehicles. I noticed a visual glitch where the crane was invisible, but still functional. The cars floated up into the ship as the crane noise was playing. This wasn't a problem... until I got to the tank.

I managed to get the tank from Arms Shortage by pushing it all the way from Phil's place into my garage on Stauton, and delivered it to the crane. When I got there... nothing. The invisible crane didn't want to move it. There was no popup text, no warning, not even the crane sounds, nothing. The tank just stood there. I even spawned in a new one with a cheat to see if Phil's tank in particular was the problem. It didn't work.

I heard of a glitch where if a player dies while the vehicle is being transported, the crane will become stuck, and 100% completion would be impossible, but I am 95% certain I didn't die during any delivery.

I am playing the Rockstar launcher version of the game, so it might be a new glitch.

I also "downgraded" the game using this video tutorial:


Help would be greatly appreciated.

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I don't want to ruin you mood but there is a way to actually drive the tank right after the mission to the crane (without cheats).

Back on topic - are you sure that this problem still exists after you reload your save? Also try spawning a tank with a cheat so you can test if the issue happens to all tanks.

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Bumping this thread because I'm having this exact same issue now, although I'm playing the standalone 1.0 version of the game.


This is my third play through in my current installation of the game, and just like OP described the emergency crane's behavior changed with every new save. At first it worked perfectly, then the magnet was no longer visible (but the crane was still functional). And now in my third game I got to a point where the invisible crane magnet no longer lifts anything, although it does make the little noise it does when normally moving. I could deliver four emergency vehicles to the crane in this save, and I never died or get busted after any delivery. Although I have the habit of driving away as soon as I leave a vehicle on the emergency crane area. I understand it takes like 30 seconds for a vehicle to reach the ship and get recognized as delivered. Maybe I drove too far and the sequence broke somehow? Or maybe triggered other mission in the time frame of the delivery? I don't know. All I know is that this prevents me from completing 100%.

Did you see the frightened ones? Did you hear the falling bombs? Did you ever wonder...


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