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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?

We did fine with a sedan. We did not do research in advance, but luckily found a dealer who specialized in parts for our car, which came in handy a couple times. It was not cheap, but the service was good, professional, and fast. - Aug 19, 2017
Israeli drivers are aggressive. Recommend a used car you don't mind getting dinged up-- because you will likely get some dings and bumps. - Oct 24, 2016
Roads are good quality so all terrain vehicles are not needed. Tel Aviv street network is largely composed of narrow side streets so beware bringing a large car. - Apr 12, 2016
I'd suggest bringing a tank, but the fuel prices would kill you. - Mar 23, 2016
Oh man. A tank? Look, smaller is better as far as parking, etc. Out of anywhere I have been to, your fellow drivers here just DON'T CARE. It's kind of like letting your 6 year old drive while watching the Lego movie. There's some semblance of order until there's something totally crazy that you are supposed to be cool with. - Nov 18, 2014
Bring small, old, and ugly car. It will roll out of here dinged, dented, and looking small, old,, and ugly. - Apr 10, 2013
Just like being in the US, any car is fine as long as you don't park on the street. Israelis have no respect for personal property. If you park on the street you car will be bumped and dinged. Routine way to exit a parking spot is to ram the car in front of you and back of you until you clear a space to get out. On the road, Israeli's drift from lane to lane aserting their dominance of the space about them. - Aug 14, 2010
Think small. Parking is tough to find. The roads are in very good shape, so a 4X4 isn't necessary. - Jul 26, 2010
Gas is expensive here and typically Israelis drive small cars (VW golf-size). You'll see every make and model on the road. If you're planning on bringing a car, come to grips with the fact it will get dinged, scratched, sideswiped while here. Driving is erratic at best and for most fender-benders, drivers won't stop. - Feb 27, 2009
I didn't want to bring a minivan because of the lack of parking and narrow streets but I see that many people do drive them. - Sep 19, 2008
Nothing NEW!! Highly recommend you buy here from someone that is leaving. - Jul 2, 2008