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
12th Apr 2005, 08:49
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...
12th Apr 2005, 08:55
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" ;)
21st Jul 2005, 23:30
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.
29th Jan 2006, 22:42
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.
19th Dec 2006, 17:04
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!
8th Feb 2007, 21:54
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.
10th Apr 2007, 15:06
Much of the mechanics and engine parts from FIAT are fully compatible with your YUGO.