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What kind of car do you recommend bringing to post, given the terrain, availability of parts, burglary/carjacking risks, etc.? What kind of car do you advise not to bring?

I would suggest something with either AWD or 4WD for the winter months. SUVs are very popular with the locals, but you'll also see them driving regular cars. It's amusing to see the occasional odd tiny convertible driven though the snow in the winter. (That's not common, though.)

Some roads are plowed. Many are not. And the roads are frequently not in good condition. We have an AWD Toyota Sienna, which we can easily get parts for here as well. But I've seen almost anything and everything here, and as long as you don't care about authentic parts you can probably get it taken care of here as well. Also, keep in mind that the lines on the roads here (other than on the highways) seem to be mere suggestions. - Oct 19, 2011