-Mid Engine (Skoda)
The mid engine car is characterized by the fact that the engine is in the back instead of the front. It requires water in the coolant tank/radiator (yes, they are interchangeable) in order to keep the engine cool, and oil to keep the engine running smoothly. The engine can be swapped with a larger front-engine if so desired, but replacing it with a two stroke engine is not advised as it will make the car run slowly.
The mid engine can be refueled by opening the gas cap which can be found on the right hand side of the car towards the front.
-Two Stroke (Trabant)
The two stroke engine is one of those weird cars that europeans drive. Both fuel and oil go into the fuel tank, which is found at the front. I would suggest 3% oil, but you should generally avoid these cars because they aren’t as reliable, and there is no viable way to swap the engine with a better one without the engine dying because there is no way to add a radiator/coolant tank.
The two stroke engine can be refueled by opening the fuel tank, which is found inside of the engine compartment.
-Front engine (Lada)
The engine is in the front, it features the fastest and engine, otherwise it’s pretty much the same deal as the mid-engine car, except for the fact that the coolant tank is replaced with a full-on radiator.
The front engine can be refueled by opening the gas cap which can be found on the right hand side towards the back of the car.
The Dacia is another front-engine car, it looks a little bit like a Delorean if you squint really hard. It takes the same radiator as the Lada, but uses a slightly different engine.
The dacia’s gas cap is on the back of the vehicle.
It’s cannon lore that 100% of the previous owners of these mopeds lost their licences due to driving under the influence… multiple times. Luckily, since the world turned into a big desert, people don’t care so much about minor traffic infractions such as vehicular manslaughter or driving under the influence of an entire buffet’s worth of narcotics, so nowadays it’s more of a personal choice to drive one of these. Go ahead, no one is going to judge you, I promise 😉
The moped uses a two stroke engine, which is interchangeable with the two-stroke engine of the Trabant (or any engine for that matter). Keep in mind that there is no mounting spot for a radiator, so it is advised to stick to the moped’s native engine. I’d suggest using the same oil/fuel ratio as you would with the Trabant as well (3%). While the moped isn’t a particularly fast vehicle, it’s the only real vehicle that doesn’t require fuel, as you can pedal it like you would with an ordinary bike. I wouldn’t suggest turning too hard as it has a tendency to spin around.
This is the only vehicle which doesn’t have a radio mount, if you still want to listen to the radio while riding one of these things, make sure to store a radio in your inventory.
-Bus (Ikarus 280)
If you can believe it, before the apocalypse, this behemoth was almost exclusively used by poor people and 80-year-old tourists. Nowadays it’s fit for a true king of the road. The engine is located in the front cabin and can be accessed via a side-hatch, along with the radiator. I wouldn’t suggest using the bus unless you can fill it up with enough water and oil to keep it running for a while, since the engine can overheat very quickly otherwise. There will be a subsection devoted to the bus later in this guide for those interested in learning more about this majestic creature.
An extremely important thing to keep in mind is that you will need lots and lots of diesel to keep this badboy running, and diesel is difficult to come by unless you know where to look. If you do have the diesel though, the bus can be refueled via a small hatch on the side of the front cabin.
When refueling any of these cars, it’s important to remember to close the gas cap, even a minor slip-up can cause you to lose fuel if you don’t.
Swapping parts isn’t crucial, but I’d advise playing with each car/engine to find the best setup for you. Keep in mind that although you can mount any of the doors, fenders, and hoods onto any of the cars, it’ll look weird, and you’ll feel weird because of it. As you go further and further down the road, keep your eyes peeled for nicer rides, you’ll never know what you might come across. Here’s my setup (Front engine with front engine radiator, inserted into a mid engine car):
Preparing Yourself for a Bus
The bus is a different animal compared to the other vehicles in this game; it takes a different kind of fuel, it requires much more resources to run, and it’s hard to get inside of when you’ve found a new one. Finding a bus is hard enough, but being prepared to drive the bus is a whole ‘nother kettle o’ fish.
-Finding Water and Oil
This is kind of a no-brainer.
You’ll need 10 liters of each, so make sure to fill one gas canister with water, and another with oil while you’re at home.
Like all great adventures, this one begins in the basement… there’s a barrel full of diesel down there, pick it up and put it in your car.
Next, you’ll need to keep an eye out for one of these. They’ll usually have one or two barrels of pure liquid D inside. Once you’ve found one, siphon as much diesel as you can into one barrel. Barrels become impossible to lift when they’re holding more than 75 liters of liquid, if you’ve overfilled your barrel, just knock it over and carefully let some diesel drain out.
You can also find loads of gas and oil in here, so be sure to top up while you’re at it.
These boats become exceedingly rare as you progress throughout the game, so it might be wise to double-back and pick up some more diesel when you get your bus.
-Finding a Bus
Finding a bus is hard enough, but finding a bus with all of its parts is even harder. I would suggest leaving any busses that don’t have all of their parts behind, as they pretty much either spawn with everything or without anything at all. Don’t try to go out of your way to find one, stick to the road and you’ll come across one eventually.
-Prepping and Boarding
The easiest way to prep and board the bus, I’ve found, is simply to remove the radiator and the engine. This allows for easy servicing of both parts, and also easy access into the bus. Start by emptying out the radiator and engine if there’s anything in there which shouldn’t be there, then fill them up with the appropriate fluids 😉
Don’t forget to fuel up!
When you’re done with that, crawl into the compartment where the engine belongs and look up, you’ll see what look like welcome mats; these are floor covers and they can be removed in order to access the bus. It can be a little tricky at first, but just spam spacebar until you get in.
-Driving your Bus
This is the moment you’ve been waiting for! The red buttons open and close the doors, from now on, this is how you will get on the bus. I suggest leaving at least one door open just in case. The white buttons control the lights.
There is no shifting like on other vehicles, this bus is fully automatic, which is pretty nice. I wouldn’t suggest driving it over 90 km/h.