Everyone hates the Yugo, except these people who love it

Originally published at: Everyone hates the Yugo, except these people who love it | Boing Boing

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I was going to note Vuic’s book, as it shows that the car was not technically the worst car in history, although it had serious problems. The book starts each chapter with a yugo joke!

We had one for a while when I was a kid…

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People love a lot of questionably useful, poorly designed things, especially when it comes to their motor vehicles. The Reliant Robin comes to mind. Also, Harleys.

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There’s a market for Soviet Ladas in the USA. From a structural standpoint, they are maybe one of the most frightening cars I’ve ridden in.

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Put it in H!

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http://www.mudslide.net/TopTen/lnwdxtra.html#extra105

Top 10 Rejected Model Names for New Cars

10.Pontiac Cyst
9. Dodge Glove
8. Oldsmobile Beiruter
7. Nissan Spleen
6. Chevy Junta
5. Hyundai Accordion
4. Mazda Eczema 500
3. Dodge Johnson
2. Yugo Screw Yourself
1.Ford Gelding

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In Quebec, they claimed that due to crude Soviet manufacturing, the steel on the panels was thicker than on other cars.

The Quebec winter said “So what?” and rusted them in no time.

eta: Whoops, I’m getting my old eastern bloc cars mixed up. I was thinking of the Lada.

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Strictly speaking, Yugoslavia wasn’t part of the eastern bloc.

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Yes. It was a non-aligned Socialist state. Stalin kicked Tito out of COMINFORM because he refused to come to Moscow in 1948 to get killed by him for not cooperating with the situation in Greece. The two countries didn’t have proper relations until the 1960s, if I’m remember correctly. Yugoslavia was the only communist state to receive Marshall plan $$$, too.

Oh, and car’s chassis was from Fiat. :woman_shrugging: There was always a healthy trade with their Italian neighbors and very little in the way of closed borders to the west.

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i think they’re neat. i have i always wanted a functional yugo.

but then, i understand that yugo owners have the same wish.

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Saw this show when it was at Union Station in DC. Best use of Yugos!
https://avatar-moving.com/showcase/touring-car-art-challenges-avatar-relocation

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That’s awesome!

My fave…

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Because they’re lazy and think all communists-made cars are exactly alike! Lazy capitalist!

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One has to admire the agricultural simplicity of doing repairs on this thing, until the novelty wears off, which it will if you have to fix it often.

I see some people compare it to Lada, and even use some of the same jokes.

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They don’t have a pic of my fave, Yugo Next Gotta Go - a job johnny Yugo! Yugo Next is the name of the exhibit. Doh!

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my early fascination with the yugo probably has a lot to do with my mishearing a lyric from this song:

Oh baby, I’m on my hands and knees
Life would be so simple if I only had a Yugo, please!

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“You know why the Yugo has a standard rear window defogger? To keep your hands warm while you push it.”

Popularized by Click & Clack, the Tappet brothers.

But the Yugo had a starring role in the film Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist

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A Fiat 128 by any other name! Not as sporty as my Fiat 128s hatchback but it was a good car, and lots of fun! :slight_smile:

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