Suggested Vehicles in USA for central America

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#1 Mon, 12/15/2014 - 15:14

Suggested Vehicles in USA for central America

I have been trying to decide (with my $6000 budget) what vehicle would be best for my partner and I for our trip to panama nesxt year. I have been looking at forums and see simaller post with general questions and general answers, so I was hoping to get a bit more indepth.

I have seen many people suggest toyota over any other make do to the availability of parts, but when I look at used car listings in central america I dont see many, if any offered with the same engines that are available in the USA. Are parts readly available for the toyota 3.4L v6 and rest of drivetrain? Is there a particular year, engine, transmission I should be looking for? Also, I've seen many ford and chevy dealers down the baja peninsula. Are they still not offering any American models in central america?

The other thing I see recomended on many sites is a manual transmission. I drive and prefer a manual, but automatics have become so much more popular in the states that finding a used manual is much more dificult. Are automatic transmission parts and service still very dificult to come by?

thanks for your help