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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?

As small as you can get away with is helpful in dealing with narrow streets and small parking lots. Currently, U.S. government personnel assigned to the consulate are required to pre-clear their vehicle make/model to ensure it blends into the local environment. That said, other than pick-ups and minivans, everything is available here including Ford, Jeep, and Subaru. - Sep 27, 2017
Just bring a vehicle. Any vehicle will do. - Oct 24, 2010
I do not have experience with owning a car in Turkey. - Jan 4, 2010
More compact the better given narrow roads, traffic - Jan 3, 2010
A Honda CR-V or similar is ideal. Something small, maneuverable, and with 4-wheel drive. There is very little snow, but steep hills get slippery. Anything too big will be hard to drive. Most brands exist in Istanbul. - Dec 21, 2009
Just about any car is fine here. Some people prefer SUVs, others prefer small cars to zip in and out of traffic. Gasoline is expensive, even without the tax. - Dec 3, 2009