[quote=“tango42”]I will bring a car to me to Taiwan when my job moves me there in May.
Disregarding all the scratch, small street, scooter horror stories, what would be the best car for living in Taipei for a 35 year old single male? 4 door sedan, SUV, 2 door convertible…
Am considering these:
- Nissan Murango SUV
- Mercedes 2 or 4 door C series.
- BMW X5 SUV.
- BMW 2 or 4 door.
- Audi A4 or TT.
Would a hummer be completely stupid?[/quote]
Depends on where you live…For example, I’m about an hour south of Taipei, and could easily drive a Hummer anywhere I needed to go. But unless you are going to purposely off-road it, it’s a waste of money here or in the States.
Mercedes? Dime a dozen, but well suited for upscale Taipei City driving.
Corvette? Very cool. Would be a head turner anywhere you went, and lots of fun on the better paved moutain roads. Parts would be nearly impossible to come by, and finding a decent mechanic versed on the inner workings of a high-performance small block V8 would be difficult at best.
Nissan Murango? Crossover SUV. Pointless and again parts issues as it’s not sold here.
BMW X5? Depends…Who’s paying the taxes on it? If it’s your company than bring in the 4.6liter V8. Very few of those around.
Beemer sedans? The gangster look…They are everywhere.
Audi fairly common as well…Mainly because of the small-displacement, high performance engines. Taxes are higher (exponentially so) for larger displacement engines, so Audi is a fairly popular choice for locals looking for decent performing sedans.
I’d stay away from anything too large or too expensive…If it were me, and wanted to drive an SUV in Taipei, I’d go for a Nissan X-terra/Toyota 4-runner for more aggressive off-roading, and a Honda Pilot for Urbanite SUV-ing.
So many choices…Lucky you.