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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?

Road conditions are fine in the city. Any car would work. We had an SUV and ventured out into the country sides quite a bit and there were unpaved, seriously off-roading kind of conditions but that is rare. We never felt as though our car was unsafe to park anywhere. - Aug 7, 2017
Buy an electric scooter! The traffic here is terrible. - May 18, 2016
China only lets relatively new cars in. Other than that, there aren't too many special concerns. The roads in Chengdu are immaculate. Something a bit more rugged would be fun for getting out of town. - Aug 2, 2013
There are restrictions on the age of the vehicle, but the community has lots of minivans and small SUVs. They all seem to do fine. - May 4, 2013