1988 Yugo GV GVX 1.3
Great on gas, fun to drive
Alternator went out, a real pain to replace. It has a gas leak from the filler tube. Short in the radio.
My GVX is a great little car. It leaves me stranded sometimes, but will eventually start back up. I woudn't trust it to make long trips just yet, but it gets me back and forth to work just fine. I get laughed at on a daily basis, but then I ask them what kind of gas mileage they get and they shut up pretty quickly. For 40 miles to the gallon, I can take a few laughs.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th April, 2005
Hmm, a car that leaves you stranded and, when it IS running, causes people to laugh at you.
Thanks, but I will stick with my '94 Civic which gets 38 mpg. Don't think the extra 2 mpg is worth it...
Hope your exhaust system is not in the same area as your leaky gas filler tube, or you might end up with a "bar-b-q-go" ;)
1985 190D (diesel) -40MPG 2700Ibs 500,000~ miles on engine
1973 450se with a 1980's 5cly diesel-38MPG 5000Ibs.
And those cars could of gotten even better mileage with a K&N air filter, along with any other heavy car on the road.
There are other 2700Ib+ diesel cars that get that fuel mileage along with lasting over 500,000 miles.
How are you getting 40mpg from a Yugo? From the factory, a 1988 GV with a 4-speed manual was rated at 28 mpg city and 30 highway, and just 29 mpg combined. The optional 5-speed manual was even worse, 26 city/29 highway/27 combined. Yugos may have been fairly reliable, reasonably well-made cars at rock-bottom prices, but they really weren't all that efficient for such a tiny car with such a tiny engine. If you're getting 40mpg, either you have some sort of "magic" carburettor, or your house and workplace are both built on the median strip of a limited-access highway.
The largest car in America in 1988, the Cadillac Brougham, managed 24 highway and 20 combined with an engine 6 times the size of the Yugo's.
My Yugo also gets high 30 in mpg and sustain highway speed (70). Very reliable if you preform maintance when required!! Timing belt was the demise of many a Yugo! People didn't want to change at forty and trashed thier engine at 50!
I believe Fiat parts would fit your Yugo, just ask around to see if anyone knows where to get parts for an old Fiat 127 or a 128. You can also order parts quite easily online, but something big like a transmission would cost a huge amount of money.
Much of the mechanics and engine parts from FIAT are fully compatible with your YUGO.