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 bought an SUV locally, but many people seem to get around just fine in the city in small cars. The roads in the city flood pretty severely maybe five to ten times per year, which is when I'm really happy to have high clearance. There are lots of speed bumps. Japanese brands are popular and most cars are used Japanese imports. - Feb 2020

Something that has high clearance and you don't mind getting dinged. Don't bring any low riders. Potholes are abundant. Lots of dirt roads. Flooding is common. Lots of speed bumps of varying sizes. - Jun 2017

High-clearance, preferably with some scratches and dents already. - May 2016

Hondas and Toyotas are most common and easier to get parts. There was a Ford service center that just opened as we left. If you want to drive out of the city or are afraid of water getting in your car, bring something with high clearance. If you're going to stay in the city and are ok with possibly finding a different route home occasionally almost anything will do. - Dec 2014

The embassy had a guy who did a great job working on our car when we had minor issues. We had a 4WD vehicle and were very grateful to have it on some of the unpaved roads. It was especially helpful during rainy season when many of the roads were flooded. - Jul 2014

SUV. Lots of flooding at certain times in the year. - Sep 2013

SUV. Something with high clearance because it floods all of the time (although it doesn't last long). Also, you need 4WD for the interior! - Nov 2010

You're going to want high clearance for the flooding that takes place in rainy season. - Feb 2010

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