Though by now per the NAFTA treaty, all older cars were allegedly allowed for importation into Mexico, actual Mexican regulations did not allow me to import my 2002 Sienna, so it is sitting in McAllen for a while until I decide they aren’t going to allow it.
So, I got a 2009 Sienna here in Mexico. Oil changing was easy on the 2002. I could change the filter while standing up by the car, and the draining I could lay on the ground and reach under,
The 2009 is such that I couldn’t even see the cartridge cap until I drove the car on a diagonal sidewalk by the house. So, I drove into the second biggest city in my state.
For around $95 USD, I got two Rhino Ramps, made in Emporia, Kansas, and two 3 ton jack stands, made in China and shipped via the USA. I paid a few dollars more for ramps rated for vehicles with GVW 16,000 pounds. Obviously, I don’t need that for a Sienna, but in the past I have regretted buying the minimum I thought I needed. An example is the OBD scanner. The first one read codes and reset them. Second one had freeze frame and live data. My next one will have sensor graphing.
With these ramps, I can deal with a large pickup or small truck.
Yes, things imported from the US cost more. Traditionally around 30% more than in the US.
In my village there are few level spots for cars. My car port is one of the few, because I told my builder to make it level.
I ordered an aluminum cartridge cap wrench from Amazon, and asked my wife to put it in her suitcase when she comes back in a week or so. It is not big nor heavy.