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(NPR)   Revisiting the Yugo, the car made by drunken communists that came pre-rusted for your convenience   (npr.org) divider line 233
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2010-03-15 11:15:16 AM  
Why?
 
2010-03-15 11:17:42 AM  
We used to have a Skoda with the heated rear window.
Kept your hands warm when pushing it.
 
2010-03-15 11:19:28 AM  
We had an orange Lada when I was a kid. I loved that thing, until someone slammed my hand in the door.
 
2010-03-15 11:19:46 AM  
i test-drove a new yugo that had a couple hundred miles on it, and every time i braked it squealed and the brake light came on.

the salesman: oh, that's normal.
 
2010-03-15 11:21:41 AM  
I got to see the car up close, and I have to say that it is probably in
better shape now than it was when it was brand new.

The interior is absolutely spotless, and it runs like clockwork.

Even granting that it is a Yugo, it is utterly cherry.
 
2010-03-15 11:29:33 AM  
i131.photobucket.com

Yugos are famous in Michigan because one got blown off this bridge years ago.
 
2010-03-15 11:31:27 AM  
They were fine as long as you had it in reverse.
 
2010-03-15 11:31:58 AM  
cpw49684: Yugos are famous in Michigan because one got blown off this bridge years ago.

Seriously?!
 
2010-03-15 11:34:34 AM  
Rev.K: Seriously?!

Yep. The young woman driving must have had a terrifying few seconds. They now limit small cars during high winds.
 
2010-03-15 11:37:38 AM  
Wow.

Leslie Anne Pluhar died in 1989 when her 1987 Yugo plunged over the 36 inches (91 cm) high railing. A combination of high winds and excessive speed was blamed

Wiki
 
2010-03-15 11:37:39 AM  
Google "Yugo Mackinaw Bridge"
 
2010-03-15 11:42:19 AM  
The local Volvo dealer took on Yugo dealer status and within six months was offering "Buy a New Volvo, get a New Yugo FREE" deals. I'm guessing most customers asked "how much without the shiatbox?"

An acquaintance of mine in college drove one of the things in a stylish horse-anus brown. Said the cabin reeked of gasoline, it accelerated slower than a strip mall and handled like a trash bag in a hurricane.
 
2010-03-15 11:47:26 AM  
In Russia, Car blows up you!
 
2010-03-15 11:57:22 AM  
I had a buddy in college who drove a Yugo. And it sucked, but I've owned worse cars. I mean, sure...it burned oil like a mad bastard, the doorhandles were loose and the wipers were intermittent on all settings, but it always started up...Even in the middle of January in Wisconsin. It was awesome for beer runs, getting groceries or heading out to the bars (though, I never drove with him while he was drunk, because I don't have a death-wish, and that's a double-whammy at LEAST). He claimed it was a great car to drive buzzed, because you never got pulled over. The cops just figured the shiatty handling was the car's fault.

However, when we went to Texas for Spring Break, we drove my '68 Beetle. And THAT Damn thing purred all the way back and forth to Corpus Christi. Good times.
 
2010-03-15 12:03:09 PM  
The Yugo was basically just a contracted Fiat Panda...albeit with crappy build quality. Meanwhile, Pandas from that era are still all over Italy in huge numbers. For an American, it's like stepping into a Yugo time warp.
 
2010-03-15 12:40:19 PM  
I love the Russian Ladas. Those things were insane as taxis when I lived in Estonia. Never saw one broken down now that I think of it.

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2010-03-15 12:43:03 PM  
I worked for VW in the early '80s when the Yugo came out.

They were pretty worried about a car that undercut them by 50%.

One day a brand new Yugo arrived for our mechanics to inspect.

After they stopped laughing, it was agreed by all that the only threat posed by Yugo was to anyone who was brave enough to drive one in excess of 20 MPH.
 
2010-03-15 12:57:34 PM  
TFA:
Those include the three-wheeled Messerschmitt that had a handle bar in place of a steering wheel and started with a pull cord, like a lawnmower.

Sweet! WTB Messerschmitt, good condition.
 
2010-03-15 01:06:37 PM  
Wasn't there a movie where everyone drove a Yugo? Drowning Mona, maybe?
 
2010-03-15 01:23:35 PM  
there's no way the yugo was a worse car than dacia. when these guys were out there making a car that's allowed on US roads (an achievement in it of itself, actually), my home country was producing the dacia 500 (new window), with a whopping 22.5 horse power. you know it's bad when you have to start counting half horse power.
 
2010-03-15 01:27:46 PM  
img17.imageshack.us

JUST PUT IT IN 'H'!
 
2010-03-15 01:30:15 PM  
The Yugo is great if you have the $3990 to kick around...

www.eartharchitecture.org
 
2010-03-15 01:30:57 PM  
They were far inferior to the Assassin-8.
 
2010-03-15 01:31:17 PM  
skankboy: The Yugo is great if you have the $3990 to kick around...

hahaha, the adobe!! great car, easily fixed.
 
2010-03-15 01:31:20 PM  
www-tc.pbs.org
These guys would know something about it.

/drtfa
//listening to them now
 
2010-03-15 01:32:43 PM  
vinteeage.com
 
2010-03-15 01:33:32 PM  
"Bricklin saw the workers taking shots of plum brandy during their breaks, smoking on the assembly line and stepping from dirty floors directly into newly assembled cars"

How is this different from UAW plants?
 
2010-03-15 01:35:20 PM  
those things go 0-60....eventually

now with rear window defroster so our hands stay dry while you push it!
 
2010-03-15 01:35:21 PM  
skankboy: The Yugo is great if you have the $3990 to kick around...

Hahah I'd forgotten about that!
/can you say it with me?
 
2010-03-15 01:35:28 PM  
Isn't that a 3-cyl motor? Prolly could run on vodka if burning it wouldn't make russians cry.
 
2010-03-15 01:35:58 PM  
There is a Yugo running around Oakland County, Michigan with a 6.0 Liter LS2 in the back half of it. Well actually it isn't really a Yugo, more of just the shell of one with a 400 HP engine, new suspension and frame reenforcement. It has peeling paint and visible rust patches.

The expression on the faces of various 16 year olds driving when that thing burns off the line right past the Mustang or Charger their dad bought is classic.
 
2010-03-15 01:36:02 PM  
LarryDan43: "Bricklin saw the workers taking shots of plum brandy during their breaks, smoking on the assembly line and stepping from dirty floors directly into newly assembled cars"

How is this different from UAW plants?


No meth.
 
2010-03-15 01:36:13 PM  
Came for the Adobe reference, left satisfied.
 
2010-03-15 01:36:29 PM  
media.npr.org
Author Jason Vuic teaches modern European history at Bridgewater College.

Where he spends most of his time seducing co-eds and giving everyone "B+".
 
2010-03-15 01:36:58 PM  
Vuic kicks ass.
 
2010-03-15 01:37:37 PM  
I used to live in the former Yugoslavia, so I'm really getting a kick out of these responses.

/If you think being a passenger in a Yugo is scary...
//Go for a ride-along in a Zastava.
 
2010-03-15 01:37:50 PM  
thenapalm: JUST PUT IT IN 'H'!

Beat me to it.

She'll go 300 hectares on a single tank of kerosene.
 
2010-03-15 01:38:19 PM  
cpw49684: Yugos are famous in Michigan because one got blown off this bridge years ago.


Leslie Anne Pluhar HATES that Bridge
They don't fly (new window)
 
2010-03-15 01:38:20 PM  
Will this car be good for playing a children's card game in?
 
2010-03-15 01:38:44 PM  
I saw a yugo rear end a lincoln town car. The yugo was demolished and the town car had a small dent in the fender.
 
2010-03-15 01:39:34 PM  
LarryDan43: "Bricklin saw the workers taking shots of plum brandy during their breaks, smoking on the assembly line and stepping from dirty floors directly into newly assembled cars"

How is this different from UAW plants?


UAW Workers got to the bar during lunch break and get hammered, that's the difference. The local news caught a bunch of them doing it, filmed the guys leaving the plant, driving to the bar, drinking multiple rounds, returning to work. UAW got the video pulled down via some strong arm tactics.

Old Forum topic talking about it
 
2010-03-15 01:40:26 PM  
A friend's dad bought one of these new back in the day. Luxurious flocked felt door panels, and crooked gauges in the binnacle that even had dried glue that had dripped down on the face of the speedometer...

A few years ago a couple of these things were on sale up on Nellis Blvd. A buddy of mine wanted to buy them both, and we'd paint them up as the Mach-5 and Shooting Star and take them to the track to drag race in the mid-20's. Had he have come up with the cash, it would have been hilarious.

I missed the auction for this very car right here when it went on sale @ the Imperial Palace:

ned.ronet.ru

I love orphaned cars, and I'm a glutton for punishment which is probably why I've always wanted a Yugo to tinker with.

Fun Fact: Ben Stepman Hyundai in Henderson, Nevada was the worlds biggest Yugo parts supply house after the collapse of the company. Don't know what happened to all those parts after he died and sold the dealership, but you they're out there somewhere, so contrary to popular belief, parts were not that hard to come by. Although yes, the Yugo was the worst car in American history...
 
2010-03-15 01:41:01 PM  
hjy6: cpw49684: Yugos are famous in Michigan because one got blown off this bridge years ago.


Leslie Anne Pluhar HATES that Bridge
They don't fly (new window)


Nice. Thanks.
 
2010-03-15 01:42:22 PM  
I worked in Mt. Rainier National Park for a summer, sequestered away at the top of winding mountain roads. My roommate had a Yugo that he let me take on trips- once to Olympic National Park and once to a wedding in Seattle. It was a lot of fun crowding the wedding party into the Yugo.

Driving a Yugo gives you a feeling of invincibility. Nothing worse can happen.
 
2010-03-15 01:43:50 PM  
"Yugo nowhere."
 
2010-03-15 01:44:32 PM  
I don't have anything to add except that I went to high school with a kid named Hugo that everyone called "Hugo from Hugoslavia".
 
2010-03-15 01:46:32 PM  
I didn't realize that GM made Yugo's until I read that headline...
 
2010-03-15 01:46:35 PM  
A friend of mine had one of those pieces of shiat back in the day. He bought it used, about two years old and with about 20K miles on it, for about a thousand bucks. And even that price turned out to be a major rip-off.

I rode in it a couple of times, and couldn't believe that a car like that was ever allowed on the road. There wasn't a single part of that car that didn't have a rattle. The drivetrain, when accelating, vibrated like a jackhammer and made noises that sounded like someone running a belt sander on piano strings. You could use a sundial to time the 0-60 speed (although it wasn't quite as bad when he first got it, but then performance quickly deteriorated. The Ford Model T had a more advanced transmission and clutch. The seats felt like a bus stop bench covered in a plastic slipcover. Even at 20K miles, it leaked more oil than the Exxon Valdez. By 30K miles, it burned oil and smoked like an old chainsaw (though it doesn't run as smoothly or quietly as an old chainsaw).

I think he ended up junking the thing when it completely died with fewer than 40K miles on it. The cost of repair would've been at least 3 times what the whole damn car was worth. It was probably the worst car ever sold in America--worse than the Chevy Vega, worse than the Ford Pinto, and possibly even worse than the first-generation Geo Metro.
 
2010-03-15 01:47:44 PM  
Claude Ballse: Although yes, the Yugo was the worst car in American history...

Worse than the Vega?
 
2010-03-15 01:48:04 PM  
graphics8.nytimes.com
No one posted this yet?
 
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