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San Jose, Costa Rica
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?
4x4, used, not beautiful because there are so many accidents here. Not a gorgeous new car, just don't do it. Break-ins seem frequent if you leave anything in the car, though it hasn't happened to...
Knowing what you know now, would you still move to this city?
Maybe, I like it here, but it can get old quickly sitting in traffic; I wish the embassy was at the coast, instead. Its not though, and that is REAL important to know before you...

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