When we moved here, I inquired whether or not it would be OK to bring our Ford Galaxy minivan. I was told that the streets were bad, and when I came to look for housing, I saw this was true. However, the opinions among Expats varied. Most agreed that when you don't try to drive up Ararat, you should be fine with a minivan.
There is hardly a thing that I regret more than that I didn't leave the stupid car in Germany with my parents, and stuffed a sturdy 4x4 into our 40 foot container.
The car came out of the container dead. It actually had to be towed out. The battery had not survived the long sea trip - but here's the thing: it was the third battery for this car already. That should have given it away but I am not a mechanic.