Very cheap, a hoot to drive, reliable and tough - much better than it is made out to be!
Needed a new battery, but that is a consumable.
Have fitted wider wheels with a slightly lower profile.
The 45 is a much maligned car, and usually by people who have never seen one in the flesh let alone driven one. My hobby is getting hold of older vehicles and putting them to use as 500 mile - 1000 mile per week daily drivers... ie using them as modern cars. In the last 5 years I have owned the following:
Volvo 940 Sport Estate
Mondeo V6 Ghia X
Daimler Double Six
Daimler Sovereign (1978)
Daimler Sovereign (1988)
Morris Minor Series 2
Volvo 240 Estate
Volvo 240 Saloon
Mk2 Golf Gti
Golf Cabriolet (Mk1)
Citroen CX Gti
Citroen BX Gti 16V
Peugeot 205 Gti (1.6)
BMW 535i (E34)
Volvo 850 AWD Estate
I collected the Yugo with some trepidation, given that this is a car that polarises opinions, and having driven 4,000 miles in the last few months in it, including some 500 mile journeys across country, I cannot see what the fuss is about. It is a solidly built, reliable, very economical car, which is also a hoot to drive...
Yes, with the original wheels on it, it can be a handful, but a set of slightly lower and wider wheels - ie from an Alphasud makes it go round corners on rails. Out of the cars above, many have legendary handling, but few bring such a huge grin to your face, especially when returning 55mpg. The engine in this one is the legendary 903cc pushrod fiat lump - a very tough engine if not over strained, and responsive and revvy.
It was meant to be a stopgap, but I have decided to hold on to it, as it essentially costs nothing to run. For someone who wants to keep their own car on the road, and wants reliability and economy, it is hard to beat. Take what you read about these with a pinch of salt - they are a world away from the eastern block tat of the 80's, and are a lot better than some of their contemporaries. Bear in mind that anyone under 35 who says they have driven one and writes it off as crap is probably lying, and probably listens to Jeremy Clarkson too much... this is a good, basic, simple, reliable tough car that is a hoot to own... If you are interested in automotive curios, it is a must to own at some point - if you can find one - in the UK there are only 22 45's left.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 27th June, 2011