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?

Higher clearance SUV would be best, especially if you plan to travel. Do not bring an American brand, as there will be NO parts available if you need repairs or replacements. - Feb 2019

An SUV or 4x4 would be recommended, especially if you're going to travel outside of Guayaquil and explore the country. If you're just going to stay within Guayaquil and go to the beaches, you really don't need an SUV. - Jun 2013

High clearance. Bring a safe car, as driving is aggressive here. - May 2013

Hyundai. Re-sale value is high because of import taxes. Or Toyota, but recommend against Subaru because they aren't sold here and few people want to buy them, if you're planning to sell your car before you leave. - Jan 2012

Everyone at Consulate drives an SUV except me. I have a Toyota Corolla and never had any issues. Parking spaces are tight so my small sedan is convenient. Gas is very cheap, $1.48 a gallon, yes, a gallon of Extra while Super is $2.29. Diesel is even cheaper than Extra. There is no Regular grade. The prices don't change either. It's been that way since I've been here. Some people buy tires from the States and have them shipped here ot packed with HHE. There are many dealerships like Chevy, Nissan, Toyota, Jeep. - Jan 2012

Better to bring a high-clearance vehicle, i.e. SUV, but I don't think it needs to be a 4x4. - Aug 2011

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