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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?

Small cars are better, but even large vans and SUVs were fine. - Sep 27, 2017
A sedan or compact is best due to small streets and parking spaces. Importing a car is fairly easy. - Jan 28, 2017
One sees just about anything on the road here from large SUVs to tiny roller skate-looking cars. I'd recommend something on the small end, as some streets are narrow and some parking garages are tight. - Aug 14, 2016
Bring what you want but make sure the vehicle is well-maintained and a recent model. - Feb 1, 2016
I would hesitate to bring a larger vehicle. There are some with mini-vans and pickup trucks, but traveling with them or parking in older areas of town or parking garages may be impossible. We have a sedan which almost feels too big sometimes. - Dec 9, 2015
Parking is very limited and tight, so bring something SMALL! Leave the SUV at home. - Jun 27, 2014
Any...A lot of middle aged men bring their "muscle cars" because you can drive as fast as you want to on the Autobahn. So if you have always wanted a Corvette but never bought one because the speed limit in New Jersey is 55 miles per hour, now is your big chance! There are buyers incentives through the military card holder program for FORD and BMW and lots of folks buy them here. We have a small SUV and love it. Owning a car here is like owning one in America except that you can drive WAY faster. You cannot wash your car here though as you will be fined. You MUST go to a car wash. - Mar 30, 2014
Any vehicle will do fine here but if you plan driving through the countryside and small European towns, a small car or station wagon is better than an SUV. - Nov 7, 2013
Any. Smaller cars are better for driving and parking in the city. - Apr 4, 2012
Anything, but Autobahns are fun, so bring a fast German car! - Mar 4, 2012
Bring whatever you like, but make sure it is in good condition and not that old. All cars must be inspected, and must pass in ordered to be able to be registered (you will have to pay for the inspection).If you are going to be in Frankfurt for more than two years, and you have diplomatic status, then you can buy a new car on the economy tax free. I would recommend something that is fast enough for the autobahn. - Oct 3, 2011
Small. I see so many people with big trucks and SUVs, but those are mostly military families. Bring a small 4 door car, or get one here. Plenty of used and new cars to buy (especially if you're eyeing a German one). - Jul 15, 2010
Any car is fine. Smaller is better due to narrow streets and ease of parking. - Jul 7, 2008
Any type is fine although there are plenty of narrow streets. Germans are embracing more and more the SUVs. - Feb 23, 2008
Lots of us have minivans but don't try to drive in the old part of Heidelberg with them! Service for major problems can be a problem, so bringing a new or newer vehicle might be a good idea. Traffic jams happen on big autobahns. I've never been in a country where they obey the traffic laws as well. - Jan 4, 2008