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    So, curious to know what expat residents drive in the DR. I don't want to know which specific vehicle is best, rather what type of vehicle would you recommend (small suv, large suv, pickup, etc). We will need to import a vehicle and we have narrowed our choice to a RAV4 or a 4Runner. I do not like large vehicles, so much prefer the RAV4; however, everything we have driven in the DR has been a larger SUV or pickup, and they do have their advantages, just don't know if they are necessary. We will be living in Las Terrenas, and our property is at higher elevation, thus driving up a hill that is relatively well surfaced.

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    A SUV is convenient, Toyota is very well known here and might not be everybody's cup of tea, but is a save choice.

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    In the US.. I have the Grand Cherokee.... my wife the Cherokee

    Here- small or full sized - go SUV .. height, durability...many things

    I need cargo - so I am full sized.... dogs, airport pickups.

    The Honda, Toyota, Kia , there are a bunch...Qashqai....

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    Buy an Abrams

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljmesg View Post
    Buy an Abrams
    Looks more like a Pershing :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ljmesg View Post
    Buy an Abrams
    This certainly has its advantages (don't f__ with me, durability,....), and disadvantages (gas mileage-gallons per mile, parts availability).

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    I have a 2007 hyundai Santa Fe with the 3.3 six. It is not very good for gas mileage but it is great on rough roads and has plenty of power for hill climbing. Lots of storage space and I have had no mechanical issues in 6 years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bob saunders View Post
    I have a 2007 hyundai Santa Fe with the 3.3 six. It is not very good for gas mileage but it is great on rough roads and has plenty of power for hill climbing. Lots of storage space and I have had no mechanical issues in 6 years.
    The Hyundai is in consideration. I thinks that is what I am concerned about the most - reliability, durability, and whether it can handle the various road surfaces. The new Rav4 is supposedly more "rugged" with a better all wheel drive system then before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyM View Post
    The Hyundai is in consideration. I thinks that is what I am concerned about the most - reliability, durability, and whether it can handle the various road surfaces. The new Rav4 is supposedly more "rugged" with a better all wheel drive system then before.
    what you really need to consider is whether or not you can get replacement parts, easily. you don't need to have your car laid up for weeks for a water pump..

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    I bought a new Rav 4 here in 2000. I sold it about 10 years ago and the guy that bought it still drives it. You can't kill Japanese cars. Nissan is great also. And you will have no problems with any repairs or parts with those cars. But get a 4 wheel drive if you are thinking of exploring this beautiful Country.

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