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    Default Best Vehicles to own in the DR

    I was thinking of requesting a "poll" on this but figured it best to solicit members for content.

    What are the best vehicles to own in the DR? I am more leaning in the SUV or crossover models as they seem to stand up best overall due to poor road conditions.

    The criteria would be something along the lines of;

    Good bang for the buck.

    Good resale value

    Reliability- few breakdowns

    Parts price availability as well a tech who knows how or has the tools to repair/maintain

    Reasonable fuel economy

    Nice appearance and ride

    Obviously trying to find one make that fits all of these would be difficult but please just post your what you feel is the best ones overall.

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    Oh, that's easy. Only one clear choice fits all of this criteria: a Donkey.
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    Toyota 4 x 4, the old model
    Land Rover, the old model that looks like an African Safari

    GMC 4 x 4

    Toyota Pick up

    Ford 150

    All with diesel engines.

    If you live in the city: Toyota, Mistubishi Montero, or Honda seem to fit the bill.

    Depends on what you want to do in life.


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    It all depends on your budget of course, but personally I swear by Toyota, and more specifically, in the somewhat lower budget, the Tacoma or 4-Runner, and not the new models.

    Both have the same engine, which is simple and every mechanic knows it. Spare parts, new and second-hand, are abundant.

    The ride is nice, and appearance is personal. Anyways, it will get dented and scratched anyways, so I gave up on appearance.

    If your budget is higher, go for the Landcruiser Prado, or the High Lux...

    Toyota is not cheap here, but the resale value is great...

    I also hear good things about the Nissan X-Terra and X-trail, for the same reasons mentioned above.

    The Ford Explorer is also popular here, but unless you get a 4x4, resale value is poor. Also, from what I heard, maintenance is higher.

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    What about insurance? I.e., how much would it be for a Mitsubishi Montero or Toyota RAV per year?

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    Agreed thye Toyata Tacoma 1999-2005 are really good vehicles for the DR. Sturdy no real problems easy to fix parts are everywhere realatively cheap, the 4cylinder is economical they just keep on going and going. Even the Carollas and Camry cars are the same sturdy everyday vehicles. You can also sell them and get a good price for it you wont be diasapointed!

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    How do the Hyundai Tucson/Santa Fe and KIA fare??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Derfish View Post
    On propane I can go From POP to PC and back for less than $100.00. Try that with your Ford Exploder!
    100$ with my Explorer? From the Churchill to the Gomez and back, no problem!
    That's a good ride. With the one I had before (97 or 98), I stopped at the Lincoln.

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    we had a montero sport and i really loved it: the ride was good, it could be fixed in any spot in the city withing a short period of time, it was comfy and big. the insurance was about 30k pesos a year (car was from 2002). i loved this car.

    now miesposo has a toyota highlander. hybrid, i think. feels like driving a sofa, i swear. very comfy. but somehow not as cool as mitsubishi (that was a man's car, toyota is more girly ). but uses little gas: POP-santiago-POP is about 800 pesos - with lots of driving in santiago. mitsubishi was about 500 pesos more for the same trip. but the insurance is lower even thou the car is newer.

    i drive honda capa, also known as KUPA (means s**t in polish) because the car is as ugly as s**t it is a tiny little thing but nothing beats it in the city. easy to park, easy to fit everywhere, a real marvel. it has even gone to santiago and SD. but when i drove it to santiago my polish visitor had a very pale face and closed here eyes a lot

    if you have such an option (a car for you, a car for missus) i would recommend montero and something in line of my kupa. one car to drive around in the city and another for longer trips. or when it rains - kupa is quite low...

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    I have a Dutch friend who loves his Toyota, but it took me a while to figure out which model he has. He kept calling it a Toyota Foreigner.

    It finally sank in that he has a 4 Runner! LOL!

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