Scotty, I saw your video on first cars! I wanted a MINIVAN for my first car, but my first 2 cars were SUVs that didn't last long: A ford with a bad transmission after 10,000 miles, and an Acura , the timing belt broke, destroying the engine only 4 days into owning the car. Should I have gotten the minivan in the first place, or would it have fallen apart even worse?

depends on the mini van. I've see toyotas go 400 thousand miles