Having explored the public transportation options, I've decided that renting a car will be the best way to ensure a usable 12-14 hours in the Selcuk area. However, I have read some horror stories---including some on the State Department's website---about driving in Turkey. If you have driven from Izmir Airport to Selcuk and toured to see the sites(Ephesus/Sirence/Selcuk), would you please let me know what you thought about driving in that area? I would have to drive back to the airport after dark. Would that be a problem? Did you encounter major parking issues?
I have driven California's infamous 405 during rush hour if that gives you a gauge of my driving skills. I would also not be driving in Izmir itself.