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2008-11-20 09:19:57 AM
Put it in "H"!
 
2008-11-20 10:53:31 AM
Whatever will I do?!
 
2008-11-20 10:55:54 AM
Wait a second...they were still MAKING Yugos????
 
2008-11-20 10:59:22 AM
You know you just have to love any car that put the spare tire on top of the engine.
 
2008-11-20 11:13:38 AM
I had no idea this car was still being made.

TFA:
When sales started plummeting in the late 1980s, some U.S. dealers tried to clear their stocks by throwing in a free Yugo with an Oldsmobile or a Cadillac.


heh heh... awesome. I've never been offered a free car with my car purchase.

"Of course, Yugo was never a BMW or a Cadillac, but I think most Americans did not know how to appreciate it," said Momcilo Spajic, a proud Serbian owner of a Yugo - one of the nearly 800,000 produced by the Zasava, or Flag, factory since 1980.

"This is driving in its most natural form. You feel every bump, squeak and jolt, and one can enjoy the sweet smell of gasoline and exhaust fumes," he said. "No car can replace it."


umm... how is that a good thing in any way?
 
2008-11-20 11:13:41 AM

I'm a little disappointed they never released the station wagon version in the US; it was called the Yu-all-go.


[This post constructed with 100% recycled jokes]
 
2008-11-20 11:13:50 AM
Bailout!
 
2008-11-20 11:13:52 AM
I loved "Drowning Mona".
 
2008-11-20 11:14:05 AM
"This is driving in its most natural form. You feel every bump, squeak and jolt, and one can enjoy the sweet smell of gasoline and exhaust fumes," he said. "No car can replace it."

That it was, that it was

/college roommate had one in '88
//it was always interesting wondering if we were going to actually get where we wanted to go
 
2008-11-20 11:14:19 AM
Tom Slick: You know you just have to love any car that put the spare tire on top of the engine.

That's where the spare tire for the Chevrolet Corvair (1960-1969) was mounted.
 
2008-11-20 11:14:27 AM
It is hard to believe the country which gave us the Yugo fell apart.
 
2008-11-20 11:15:48 AM
I've lived in Serbia, so I'm really getting a kick out of these responses.

Old joke from 1989:

A Yugo can go from 0 to 60 in 50 seconds......if it doesn't get stuck on a piece of gum.
 
2008-11-20 11:15:49 AM

DrForrester


Bailout!


That was certainly a sensible action for the drivers.
 
2008-11-20 11:16:36 AM
"This is driving in its most natural form. You feel every bump, squeak and jolt, and one can enjoy the sweet smell of gasoline and exhaust fumes," he said.

So, this is the car you want to have if you're the type to comtemplate suicide as a serious option.

Jeremy Clarkson once blew up a Yugo on Top Gear. It was awesome.
 
2008-11-20 11:16:46 AM
Q: What do you call a Yugo with four doors?

A: A Wego

*Cymbal Clash*

Thanks, I'll be here all week!

/ Please trythe veal.
 
jph
2008-11-20 11:16:47 AM
Note the part at the end...Yugo has essentially become "FIAT Serbia."
 
2008-11-20 11:17:07 AM
the Yugo Gurl was their most popular model. It was pink and came with the emergency brake permanently engaged.
 
2008-11-20 11:17:44 AM
Little known fact the who brought us the Yugo, also was the 1st to import Subarus and brought us the Bricklin SV-1 safety car.
 
2008-11-20 11:17:59 AM
I guess Yugo didn't get their trillion dinara bailout from the Serbian government.
 
2008-11-20 11:18:18 AM
Wait, why don't they join the Big 3 and ask for a bailout. I think they're value is about on par with their stock right now....
 
2008-11-20 11:18:44 AM
Holy crap, these are still being made? I thought they went under like 15 years ago.

U.S. owners complained of frequent engine failures and transmission problems - with the manual gear sticks sometimes detaching and ending up in their drivers' hands
 
2008-11-20 11:18:49 AM
I had a roommate with one of these things.

I once drove it from Mt. Rainier National Park to Olympic National Park, several hundred miles, in one day. You acquire a certain sense of invincibility in a Yugo. I mean, you're already driving a Yugo-- what else can happen.

We used it as an official part of my friend's wedding.


When I turned the radio on, the headlights dimmed a little bit. Until, of course, the radio quit working.
 
2008-11-20 11:19:10 AM
TOO BIG TO FAIL!!!
 
2008-11-20 11:20:05 AM
Tom_Slick: Little known fact the who brought us the Yugo, also was the 1st to import Subarus and brought us the Bricklin SV-1 safety car.

www.thewho.info
Wow, they did more than just make music!
 
2008-11-20 11:20:31 AM
It gets forty rods to the hogshead, and that's the way I likes it!
 
2008-11-20 11:21:03 AM
""This is driving in its most natural form. You feel every bump, squeak and jolt, and one can enjoy the sweet smell of gasoline and exhaust fumes," he said. "No car can replace it.""

When I need this experience I'll go use a 2 stroke tiller
 
2008-11-20 11:21:24 AM
patrick767: heh heh... awesome. I've never been offered a free car with my car purchase.

A local Kia dealership (the source of my handle) was offering "two cars for the price of one!" in which you could get a "free" Kia Rio if you bought a Sedona. Of course, you had to buy the Sedona at list, and the Rio was a stripper with no A/C (in Charleston, SC no less).

So you could pay 20K for a Sedona and a Rio that you don't want. Or just haggle, buy the Sedona for 14K, and forget the POS Rio. The cost of the "free" car was marked up into the Sedona, they got to boost their sales numbers, and also off-load some un-sellable buckets!
 
2008-11-20 11:21:24 AM
Fun Fact: The last Yugo was made on November 11th.

Maybe they'll sell it at Barrett Jac.....Nah, not a chance.
 
2008-11-20 11:21:34 AM
"After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department was willing to release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo, a Yugoslavian import donated to the department as a test vehicle by the government of that country and reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology." - Detective Joe Friday
 
2008-11-20 11:21:56 AM
Zastava is finally stopping the production of Yugo because its new owners, Italy's Fiat, plans to start the assembly of its own compact, the Punto.

Isn't punto a bad word in spanish?
 
2008-11-20 11:22:52 AM
But what about all their downline suppliers? And all those dealerships? Where will people get parts for repairs? We're talking hundreds of thousands of jobs!


It's Yugo?


Never mind.
 
2008-11-20 11:22:53 AM
idrow: Zastava is finally stopping the production of Yugo because its new owners, Italy's Fiat, plans to start the assembly of its own compact, the Punto.

Isn't punto a bad word in spanish?


I think you're thinking of culo, which means ass.
 
2008-11-20 11:23:03 AM
A friend of mine bought one for about $50 years ago and, when he finally was able to save up for a car, he went about destroying it. Oddly enough, running the engine dry of oil, using steering fluid in the transmission. Oddly enough, it ran all day like that...until the back fell off.
 
2008-11-20 11:23:15 AM
The_Sponge: "After losing the two previous vehicles we had been issued, the only car the department was willing to release to us at this point was an unmarked 1987 Yugo, a Yugoslavian import donated to the department as a test vehicle by the government of that country and reflecting the cutting edge of Serbo-Croatian technology." - Detective Joe Friday

Came for this exact quote, left happy.
 
2008-11-20 11:23:16 AM
xanadian: Wait a second...they were still MAKING Yugos????

Came here to say this... carry on
 
2008-11-20 11:24:03 AM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: Fun Fact: The last Yugo was made on November 11th.

Maybe they'll sell it at Barrett Jac.....Nah, not a chance.


I have seen, in a private collection, a never titled Yugo convertible with 75 miles on it. It would not surprise me if it showed up at Barrett Jackson sometime soon.
 
2008-11-20 11:24:12 AM
In a Yugo

As the snow flies

At a used car lot on the edge of town
A liberal guy and a liberal gal
Buy a Yugo

And they drive with pride

Cause if there's one thing that this world needs
It's environmental friends who'll take the lead
In a Yugo

They say, "people don't you understand
Those suburbans are ruining the land"
But they'll wish they had a full size van one day
They point fingers at you and me
They say we're too blind to see
But do we simply use our heads
And choose another way?

As those small wheels turn
Fifty miles to the gallon
And their knees on their chest
They're gonna save enough gas
For all of the rest
In a Yugo

Then one day on the interstate
They suddenly lose control
They swerve to miss a baby duck
They're squashed beneath a produce truck

But they drove with pride...

And as the crowds drive past a little flat car
You know they saved a lot of gas
But they didnt get far
In a Yugo

And as they're trapped inside
At a used car lot on the other side of town
A liberal guy and a liberal gal
Buy a Yugo....

And they drive with pride...


/(Sung to the tune of "In the Ghetto")
 
2008-11-20 11:24:42 AM
www.jtruck.net
cache.jalopnik.com
What do you call a Yugo in a car junkyard?
A blessing.

How do you double the value of a Yugo?
Fill the Tank

What do you call a Yugo at the top of a hill?
A miracle

Q. How do you make a Yugo accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 15 seconds?
A. Push it off a cliff.

Q. What is found on the last two pages of every Yugo owner's manual?
A. The bus schedule.

Q. What did the parts dealer say when the customer said, "I'll take a set of wiper blades for my Yugo"?
A. "Sounds like a fair trade to me."

Q. Why do Yugos come with heated rear windows?
A. To keep your hands warm while you're pushing them

Q. What do you call a Yugo with brakes?
A. Customized.

Q. How do you make a Yugo go faster downhill?
A. Turn off the engine.

Q. Why don't Yugos sustain much damage in a front-end collision?
A. The tow truck takes most of the impact.

Q. What do you call Yugo passengers?
A. Shock absorbers

Q. How do you improve the appearance of a Yugo?
A. Park it between two 914s.

You go. Car stays.

Q. What do you call a Yugo in the fast lane of a highway?
A. A miracle!
A. Roadkill

Some used car dealers might try to reduce the miles on the odometer to make a car seem worth more money.
With a Yugo, they add miles to try and convince you it really will go that far!

"Optimist" defined: A Yugo owner with a radar detector
.
Q. Why do Yugo owners never carry a map?
A. It'll never get far enough to get lost!

Despite their small size, Yugos are actually designed for five people;
1 person sits in the driver's seat, and the other four would get out and push.

A thief caused $39.95 damage to a Yugo.
He broke in and stole "The Club" off the steering wheel.

Q. Do you know what you call a Yugo station wagon?
A. We-all-go

Did you hear about the Yugo/pedestrian accident?
...Poor Yugo.

"You know what they do with junked Yugo's don't you?
They recycle them into tin cans."

Here is a true saying in Croatian, which was very popular, where the car comes from (and it rhymes): "Yugo nije za dugo."
...Translation: "Yugo is not for long."

"Yugo missed out on a great slogan when Doritos took it first:
'Crunch all you want. We'll make more!'

Q: How do you make accelerate a Yugo from 0 to 100 km in 10 seconds?
A: Push it off the top of a cliff.

Q. What's the difference between a Yugo and the principal's office?
A. It's less embarrassing if your friends see you leaving the principal's office.

Q: What is the sport-version of Yugo?
A: The driver wears Nike shoes.

Q: What do you call a Yugo with twin exhausts?
A: A wheelbarrow

Q: What is the Yugo owner's most ardent wish?
A: To buy a car.

Q: What do you have to do if your Yugo gets in the way of a swarm of killer bees?
A: Stop pushing and take refuge into the car.

Q: What do you call a Yugo with a seat belt?
A: A rucksack

Yugo . or you not go!

Q: How do you make a Yugo go faster uphill?
A: Throw out the passenger.

Q: What do you call a Yugo with a flat tire?
A: A write off.

Yugo has announced a new 16 Valve model for 2008.
8 in the engine, 8 in the radio.

- I can see you've got a new car - a Yugo!
- Yes, I won the second prize in a lottery.
- What was the first prize then?
- A fruit-basket!

Yugo will be introducing three new vehicles next year.
They will have a moped called an "I Go".
They will have a 4-door called a "We Go".
They will also have a new station wagon called the "Y'all Go".

Why were sidewalks invented?
So Yugo owners would have a safe place to walk home.!

What is the difference between a golf ball and a Yugo?
You can drive a golf ball 200 yards!

Q: What do Yugos have in common with Ferarris?
A: A Ferrari can go from 0 to 60 in 4 seconds, whereas a Yugo can go from 0 to 4 in 60 seconds.

Actually, a Yugo CAN accelerate as fast as a Ferrari,
if you give it a fast enough running start, so it clears the cliff's edge.

"The Oakland Police captured two men in their Yugo last night.
The men are being held as suspects in the city's first push-by shooting."

From the Yugo owner's manual:
"If you sense an impending accident with any other animate or inanimate object larger than a breadbox, quickly 1) place head between legs, 2) lock hands behind head, 3) Repeat:
'Our Father, who art in heaven...'"

Yugos are now much safer and come standard with an air bag.
When you sense an impending accident, start blowing *real fast*.

Consumer safety tests showed that a 5 mph parking-lot crash will cause about $2800 damage to a Yugo. What's left?
About $1200 of "dealer prep."
 
2008-11-20 11:24:45 AM
now this is all kinds of hot:

users.chartertn.net

GIS for 1986 Yugo
 
2008-11-20 11:25:03 AM

idrow


Zastava is finally stopping the production of Yugo because its new owners, Italy's Fiat, plans to start the assembly of its own compact, the Punto.

Isn't punto a bad word in spanish?


Not unless you forget the 'n'. I think 'punto' means 'point' in the geographic sense, as in Point Barrow, Alaska.
 
2008-11-20 11:27:11 AM
Since the article mentioned Fiat....

Fix
It
Again
Tony
 
2008-11-20 11:27:23 AM
Why does a Yugo come equipped with a rear window defroster?

To keep your hands warm when pushing it up a hill.
 
2008-11-20 11:28:00 AM
patrick767: I had no idea this car was still being made.


heh heh... awesome. I've never been offered a free car with my car purchase.


"This is driving in its most natural form. You feel every bump, squeak and jolt, and one can enjoy the sweet smell of gasoline and exhaust fumes," he said. "No car can replace it."

umm... how is that a good thing in any way?


If you're used to cars with proper suspensions American made cars feel like you're driving a rowboat.

I mean feeling the bumps. I am not sure about how the squeaks and smell is a good thing. But people liked the Trabants also. (I remember seeing a East-German government promotion of the new Trabant sometimes in the 70s. The main selling point was "now with fuel-gauge", because before it only had a meter telling you your velocity).
 
2008-11-20 11:28:11 AM
Didn't some guy try to rebadge the Yugo as a "ZMW" a couple years back to try and boost sales?
 
2008-11-20 11:28:12 AM
A year or so ago, I was standing outside a pizza shop, and a silver Yugo drove by. It had thumping bass, and spinner rims. It was the absolute most ghetto car I've ever seen. It was interesting to see one running, especially up hill. It didn't seem to hesitate, but the driver might have been flooring it. Good times. I saw one on another occasion recently. It was just sitting on someone's front lawn, blocking the front walkway. Now THAT is a state you'd expect to see a Yugo in. Not driving condition.
 
2008-11-20 11:28:48 AM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: idrow: Zastava is finally stopping the production of Yugo because its new owners, Italy's Fiat, plans to start the assembly of its own compact, the Punto.

Isn't punto a bad word in spanish?

I think you're thinking of culo, which means ass.


I think you're thinking of punta, which means whore in one of the Romance languages. Not sure which, though.
 
2008-11-20 11:28:58 AM
You guys should have seen the cars made by Zastava that weren't considered for export....even scarier than the Yugo.
 
2008-11-20 11:29:01 AM
TeddyRooseveltsMustache: idrow: Isn't punto a bad word in spanish?

I think you're thinking of culo, which means ass.


Or puta, which means "b*tch." "Punto" means point, I believe.
 
2008-11-20 11:30:04 AM
idrow: Zastava is finally stopping the production of Yugo because its new owners, Italy's Fiat, plans to start the assembly of its own compact, the Punto.

Isn't punto a bad word in spanish?


Puto=Homo

NTTAWWT
 
2008-11-20 11:35:55 AM
Came here for Dragnet pics, left disappointed.
 
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