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Made the 6 O'Clock News - 1989 Yugo GVL Long-Term Road Test

Edmunds.comEdmunds.com Posts: 10,059
edited July 2015 in General

imageMade the 6 O'Clock News - 1989 Yugo GVL Long-Term Road Test

Cleared for active duty in Los Angeles, our long-term 1989 Yugo GVL is a media darling. Here it is cruising around Beverly Hills for the local ABC affiliate.

Read the full story here


Comments

  • boffboff Posts: 91
    Collectible, indeed. I could not find one for sale anywhere in the US or Canada.
  • prndlolprndlol Posts: 140
    I never noticed the pickup truck-like shifter length before.
  • handbrakehandbrake Posts: 99
    I will admit to having gone to a dealer in the 1980s to take a look at Yugos when they first came here. I never got to the test drive part, though, because of...the window cranks. I sat in the car and it seemed ok at first, but when I went to roll down the window the crank flexed so much that I figured it was emblematic of the quality of the car overall. So, dear editors, can you tell me your impressions of the window crank?
  • SadButTrueSadButTrue Santa Monica, CAPosts: 47
    @handbrake

    I can tell you that window cranks both work, so durability apparently hasn't been an issue. They don't work especially well, but we might just need to squirt some lubricant in there. Which will be easier on the passenger side since the top of the interior panel has popped off. In any case, the cranks themselves seem sturdy enough to me.

    -JS
  • handbrakehandbrake Posts: 99

    @handbrake

    I can tell you that window cranks both work, so durability apparently hasn't been an issue. They don't work especially well, but we might just need to squirt some lubricant in there. Which will be easier on the passenger side since the top of the interior panel has popped off. In any case, the cranks themselves seem sturdy enough to me.

    -JS

    Thanks! I don't know whether adding the Yugo to the fleet was intended to be a joke but it has me captivated. I had a Tesla P85D, perhaps the antithesis to the Yugo, and I find myself more interested in the reading about the Yugo than trying to figure out whether I'm going to go with a ludicrous upgrade to the car I own. When I was a kid my uncle let us drive his old Model T and I'm starting to think of the Yugo as the modern equivalent of that car (in the positive sense of being an unfettered car experience).
  • misterfusionmisterfusion Posts: 471
    That was a surprisingly good report for a brief local news segment. Well done, KABC.
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