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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?

Any car will do. There is a lot of exploring and camping out of the city and off-roading in the desert, so you could definitely benefit from having a 4-wheel drive. Otherwise roads in the city are great, so you don't need a high clearance vehicle for daily use. - Aug 28, 2017
Any type of vehicle, even American makes are fine here. The roads are well maintained and maintenance is easy to find. If you would like to do some of the more outdoorsy stuff, a 4-wheel drive is the way to go. There are always cars for sale, so no need to bring with you necessarily. - Oct 25, 2014
Roads are great here and most brands have a dealership, so really anything goes. That said, off-roading is a blast here and there appears to be quite a love for Jeep Wranglers (though I'd get something with better A/C. One word of caution... Omani drivers go FAST outside of town, so the collisions tend to be very serious. - Jun 7, 2012
The standard FS cars like Honda and Toyota are fine. Or a regular car. Unless you have something completely exotic, you would be fine here. - May 3, 2012
Foreign is better, but if it is a minor fix, then there are plenty of mechanics around. - Aug 25, 2011
A 4 x 4 is recommended. Gas is cheap, and the if you want to go beach camping or dune bashing, that is the only way to go. THere are restrictions on imported vehicles with tinted windows. No carjackings to my knowledge. - Feb 20, 2011
I liked having a big 4x4...it was definitely needed. I wouldn't do anything smaller if you can afford it. - Apr 1, 2010
Again, I disagree with the last poster. There are tons of SUVs here and many were not just driven by expats. Omanis love their cars like we do in the States and will drive the biggest and baddest while living in tiny apartments. You'll see 3 or 5 cars in a driveway from a huge hummer to the fancy new BMW.Local prices are not great, some folks have gotten deals so can't really generalize across the board and say deals cannot be found. One coworker purchased a 15 year old SUV for nothing but it looked pretty bad. He wanted it to just to go to and from work and maybe a little dune bashing. Again though if you buy local many folks drive their car/truck/suv into the ground with little regard to preventive maintenance. Plenty of dealers about Ford, GMC, Jeep, Toyota and many can work on a U.S. spec. vehicle but you'll be the last in line as locals walk in front of you or wait till you leave and make the TCN push their car in front of yours. - Feb 12, 2010
Only expats drive SUVs. Omanis drive only the latest model luxury cars. I suggest an SUV, even if it instantly marks you as an expat, because once you leave Muscat, some of the funnest stuff -- hiking, camping -- might require a bit of off-road driving. Parts/service are very expensive, however; I suggest locating your favorite Indian-run garage in Wadi al-Kabir. Using the official dealerships could cost you an arm and a leg, so get an estimate first. Omanis tend not to repair their cars; if they break down, they sell them to Indians or expats and buy new ones. - Jan 21, 2010
Everything is here. Toyota is biggest in dealerships. If you want to go off road regularly, bring a real 4 wheeler. You can rent one as well for the occasional weekend trip. Bring the parts for your car; here everything is expensive. - Mar 19, 2009
The most popular brand, by a longshot, is Toyota, and many people like have an SUV/4 wheel both for desert/long-distance driving domestically and for more comfortable trips (4-6 hours) to the UAE.There are strict laws regarding window-tinting, so check before bringing in a vehicle from overseas. Given the Omani love of Jaguar, Benz, Hummer, and other luxury brands, it's easiest not to even try and compete! - Feb 18, 2008