I live in a cold wet country, so you need a decent car, to make sure it starts in the winter. What about Cambodia though? How much would you need to spend to get a reliable runabout? And what make and models? Not a Tico though! Is it mainly auto gearboxes there?
UKJ wrote:I live in a cold wet country, so you need a decent car, to make sure it starts in the winter. What about Cambodia though? How much would you need to spend to get a reliable runabout? And what make and models? Not a Tico though! Is it mainly auto gearboxes there?
Something fairly small would be fine like a Toyota Corolla. There are lots of them here. I've got a 4runner which I appreciate during rainy season but it's expensive to run.
I kid you not, I LOVED my Tico in Phnom Penh. It had a very special feature no other car in Cambodia has... Range Rovers are terrified of it. They instantly assume whoever in it has zero money, so if there's an accident they'll get nothing out of them, and stay well clear of it. It also fit anywhere a tutuk did, so was good for getting around. One in snooky with a manual gearbox at the garage just past CT clinic (when leaving town) for $600 asking.
However, if you're dead set against one, a Visto is a nice car about the same size. Pretty prevalent in the country with prices ranging around $3 it seems.
Yeah I've never owned any car in Cambodia (though I've driven some), but if I were to buy one, it would probably be a Visto. Or maybe a Prius if I had lots of countryside driving to do. I can't remember the model, but Scion also make a really nice compact urban car. Not sure about the price range of those though.
If you're just in PP, a small car is your best friend. It's easy to park and you can beat traffic jams by taking the narrow lanes. However, chassis is very low and no good with potholes.
My Visto (Kia) cost me slightly more than $5,000, bought it in late 2012.
I have a bigger SUV for those trips beyond Phnom Penh.
I recommend a surplus Abrams tank, Bradley fighting vehicle or if you want wheels not tracks a Striker fighting vehicle. I stopped driving from Snooky to PP after almost being killed a few time on hwy #4 (Death Highway From Hell.) by drunk/drug-crazed container truck drivers. I picked up a friend in PP that had just flown in from the US and he was amazed I would drive in PP.