1987 Yugo GV from North America
Great for learning about cars
It doesn't start reliably after rain.
The fuel tank can only be filled halfway (4 gallons).
Handles for rolling down windows break off easily.
I've had problems with the distributor, but with a little help I've gotten them fixed on my own.
It's actually a great car. I wouldn't drive it on the highway, but for going to class and work, it's great. I've learned a great deal about cars since I've driven Yugo.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 2nd April, 2003
1st Dec 2005, 03:15
I had one several years ago, and had the same problem. It wasn't running right when I bought it, which is why I got it cheap with only 37K miles on it, so I figured all it needed was a tune-up. I did the timing as part of the tune-up and it ran worse. With that, I quickly realized that when I turned the distributor way off the timing mark it ran better. Turns out the timing belt had jumped three teeth. Fixed that (didn't even need a new belt), re-did the timing and the car ran great. I actually liked that car. It seemed much quicker than it's rated 55 hp.
17th May 2008, 23:01
I bought an 87 GV new that year as a second car to commute 20 miles each way to work. Back in 87 I could go both ways for a dollars worth of gas. My sister in law bought a 88 Suzuki Samari that was slower than my Yugo. I got a speeding ticket going 75 with it. Cop said, got your rubber band wound a little tight, eh? I had 87,000 miles trouble free except starter and ignition switch until I decided to clean carb and dropped washer down intake and broke a piston. I got so mad, I sold it for $250.00 to a junkyard. Now that gas hoovers at $4.00/gal. I'm going to try and get it or another instead of my 88 2.3 Mustang. Still the best deal I ever got.