Why Everyone Wanted the Worst Car in the World
The Yugo is widely regarded as the worst car ever. It was poorly constructed, nowhere near reliable, and not so easy on the eyes. The Yugo was the butt of every joke and the junker in every garage. But for all its shortcomings, it sold like hotcakes when it arrived in the U.S. In this episode of Wheelhouse, Nolan tells the story of the Yugo's creation and makes the case for updating its reputation from worst car to huge success.
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  • Donut Media
    Donut Media

    So I definitely got a big part of this story wrong: the assertion that Yugoslavia was part of the Soviet Union. This Is incorrect. In the West, this assumption can be traced back to Yugoslavia’s formation in 1943. During WWII, the Allies: The US, UK and USSR supported Yugoslavia’s fight against the fascist Axis occupation. We just kinda assumed they stayed allied with the USSR, but that’s not what happened. After the war, relations between Yugoslavia and the USSR fell apart, with Yugoslavia denouncing Stalinism completely and forming its own socialist government. Yugoslavia was in fact on the Western edge of the Iron Curtain, and maintained a delicate balancing act between Western and Eastern bloc countries. According to globalvoices.org “its independence from both the Eastern and the Western blocs was a key feature of its national identity.” I sincerely apologize for the error and for any offense it may have caused; and I will be more diligent and discerning in my research moving forward. Thanks for your time. -Nolan

    • Mario Vojnic Hajduk
      Mario Vojnic Hajduk

      Interesting facts: Zastava YUGO exists up to 2007 (there are evem some versions with Peugeot 206 1.1L motor, Yugo Koral In L) Zastava had other cars as well, some of them are rare and pretty pricy now, like "Tristać" or Zastava 1300 in real model name Zastava actually means Flag on Serbian You can see Zastava's cars only in Serbia now, very rarely in Bosnia They are not reliable in US, but in Serbia you can find many many parts for less then 5$ and it's like toy for every car enthusiast kid In race track Mišeluk in Novi Sad, there are Yugo races every once in a year You can see tuned Yugos on every car meet, and they look good when tuned.. This list goes further on but let's keep it short..

    • Matjaž Domen Pečan
      Matjaž Domen Pečan

      You should remake this video to be correct and not have so much misinformation on it. Also, one of the smaller countries that used to be part of Yugoslavia were Slovenia and Macedonia, no need to not mention them.

    • Kevin Darroch
      Kevin Darroch

      Thank you for the apology, in the midst of the Cold War and WW2 the Yugoslavians sought jobs, safety, freedom, they were our friends.

    • deeez00

      The only acceptable apology is for you to buy a Yugo and upgrade it!

    • The Kombinator
      The Kombinator

      @unitoone They'd have to re-upload 2/3rds of their vids.

  • tony g
    tony g

    Yugo good quality. Made from recycled beer cans

  • Antoni's Autos
    Antoni's Autos

    Let's make a communist version of an old fiat lmao that was a recipe for a car to practically fall apart 😂

  • Pink Panther
    Pink Panther

    Yugoslavia wasnt the sovjet Union but well..


    Everything awesome was from 80s wtf

  • DRNeKky

    As someone who grew up in Serbia so many things are wrong with this history video it's not even funny. We were not communist county. We were communist - socialist. Also there was never Stalin in Serbia. We had Tito. Also we were never under the influence of Soviet Union. Check your fact's before videos.

  • FilK79

    Nikola Tesla was Serbian, and Zastava was Serbian. The ideal end to this would be that Elon Musk associates his company Tesla with Zastava factory in Kragujevac, and start building a new Tesla Ýugo

  • andrew allen
    andrew allen

    If you think a Yugo is bad you haven't driven a Dacia from the same era!

  • SolamenteVees

    The only vehicle to actually blow over the side of the Mackinaw Bridge.

  • Uroš Pavlović
    Uroš Pavlović

    YUGO je bio i uvek ce i biti najbolji auto ikada

  • n0ka

    I always thought Infiniti and Acura were American?

  • n0ka

    I remember these in the 80s here in Ireland

  • DeteGolomeshe

    Yougoslavia was was never part of fucking eastern block, your ignorance is beyond belief.

  • DeteGolomeshe

    Now this is bullshit

  • Marcelo Paiva
    Marcelo Paiva

    Funny I had to watch this episode solely on one of my favorite movies Drowning Mona and this is one of their main cars that everyone drives in that town. Great info and laughs .

  • FlyBaby

    It was cheap dude You were not even alive back then. My Father offered to buy me one, I said No. Good choice. An ambitious builder might make a cool restomod from it.

  • proofbox

    I actually drove a Yugo when I worked at a Dodge dealer many years ago , it was a trade in with around 20 K miles on it and I asked the used car manager if I could take it to lunch and he was okay with it , so during my drive I stopped at light next to a 70 year old lady { my guess ] in a Buick Le Saber , when the light turned green I attempted to zoom past the Buick , big mistake as the Buick simply drove away from me and changed my standard for a slow car forever . And years before I had a 1980 Mercury Zepher with 88 HP that was my standard for slow cars up to that point , including a 1990 3 CYL GEO Metro , so it holds a record in my book as the biggest slug on the road . I would have to go back to the 30's to find something slower .

  • Marko Lebovic
    Marko Lebovic

    Yugo is the best car ever made

  • Sergej Nadaždin
    Sergej Nadaždin

    Fun fact: I still see a ton of them being used everyday in Serbia.

    • Meganoob BG
      Meganoob BG

      Here in Bulgaria, the little of them that were sold, all of them are still being driven. Just saw this ol man pick up his 5 people family from a busstop, all of them in that smol Zastava GT55.

  • Jochen Stacker
    Jochen Stacker

    Wait, America gave Yugoslavia oil in exchange for the Yugo? That's a radical departure from bombing some poor sucker country and just taking their oil. I think there was too much slivovitz at the negotiations.

  • Bubica Bubili
    Bubica Bubili

    Dear friend, Yugoslavia and subsequently Yugo, did not have anything with eastern block, stalinism. On contrary, Yugoslavia together with India and Egypt formed the third block of countries, not classified into western or eastern block. Therefore, Yugoslavia had the crucial influence for keeping peace in the world, not allowing polarities between east and west to be upgraded to the third world war. And that is something that the formal history will not teach you in the school. During the 70's Yugoslavia had the one of the best GDP in Europe and people had really great standard. Political and economical system of Yugoslavia was completely different from the eastern block countries, but it is not largely known in the world. With Yugoslav passport it was allowed to travel equally in western and eastern countries, and that is the reason why Yugoslav passports were one of the most wanted on the black market in the world. It is also the reason why Yugoslavia was of the great importance for the intelligence services and spy activities of so many countries. It was one absolutely independent, self-sustainable country, what seems to be impossible from the geostrategic situation known today in the world. And that was the reason why this country "did not fit" in to the new world order. Mad dogs preferentially from the western world teared this country apart like the yesterday's newspapers, and created several small and ridiculously weak countries instead, and on its territory formed the 2 Islamic states for the first time in the new European history. That's really great...Bravo. And the only shitty product made in this brave small Yugoslavia was the great YUGO. Cute but self-disassembling small car.

  • Mikel Mik
    Mikel Mik

    What? No mention of the Movie? "Drowning Mona" (2000),

  • Aleksandar Jakov
    Aleksandar Jakov

    Why did you remove the most secret ground from the map of Serbia? Did you know that the bells of churches in west sounded in 1389. when they thought we have beaten the Otoman empire on that holy ground where our monasteries still sit under UNESCO protection after more than 500 years. Serbian monasteries in Kosovo and Metohija are older than the discovery of America. You totally need to get back money your parents paid for your geography classes.

  • Aleksandar Jakov
    Aleksandar Jakov

    How is it posible to mix regions so bad? Did you even look at the map of the world? SFRJ (south part of central Europe); SSSR (north-east Europe). Oh brother.

  • Paulus thewoodknome
    Paulus thewoodknome

    I had a Yugo. There, I said it. When I was in college in the year 2001(mature student at 28) I was studying motor mechanics. I had a reconditioned engine from a Fiat Uno turbo(1.3 about 120bhp). The teachers wanted a project for the students to work on, so I suggested putting this engine in the Yugo as it was basically the same size and fit. It went in, we upgraded the brakes and I got that all done for free. The college was happy and so was I. It was really fast but it was also a death trap. When hitting the brakes after awesome exeleration, the rear wheels would come off the ground because there was no weight in the back. :) Oh yeah, and a fiat fanatic I know told me the same guy who designed the VW Golf, designed the Yugo.

  • Expat Biker
    Expat Biker

    Worst car in the world while the rest of the world don't know what a Yugo is.


    Yugoslavia wasn't part of the Soviet Union, you are just a classic American who knows nothing about history nor geography


    Been following your channel for a while now, but you crossed the line here buddy

  • David Taylor
    David Taylor

    I wonder if it was crap like my first car, it was crap because everyone told me it was but they didn’t mind touring Belgium, Netherlands, France and Germany in it. It sure as fuck wasn’t fast or sleek but it was reliable (up until 120,000 miles), I’ll be adamant on this one I never understood the psychology of something that got the job done cheaply and reliably was crap.

  • Gordon Kahl
    Gordon Kahl

    When this car came out my Dad leased a brand new Honda Civic sedan... what a great car... the Honda.

  • Gasper Kosem
    Gasper Kosem

    This is the worst car?? Don't think so. My dad had it

    • Meganoob BG
      Meganoob BG

      The same people say the Lada is a bad car, and i drive that thang daily while looking a pile of generic plastic western cockroach looking cars waiting for repairs in every car service i pass by, not to mention the scrapyards are full of 10-20 year old cars, and mines 41 years old.

  • Japanac987

    There is lot of lies in this video!!!

  • Suzuki Gsxr
    Suzuki Gsxr

    I remember when my father bought new yugo 45 junior the cheapest version of yugo and it was leaking gasoline from the factory...

  • Cody Roden
    Cody Roden

    0-60 in 14 seconds that’s still faster than my turbo Chevy sonic Hahahah no lie

  • Cody Roden
    Cody Roden

    Honestly still awesome

  • Mesic Adam
    Mesic Adam

    That car actually only needed an upgrade. A massive upgrade... of engine (since that engine was 20 y.o. when they started installing it into Yugo) and an interior upgrade with a bit more quality in details (plastics especially). It was light, easy to use and cheap to maintain. Probably the best car for beginner divers. And a convertible version was also cool for youngsters, surfers, camping, tripping,...

  • Craig the farmer
    Craig the farmer

    Wish I had one

  • Zvonimir Tomić
    Zvonimir Tomić

    Bro, try to fix your new Audi with a 13 wrench, a hammer and a screwdriver ! Also, the idea was that literally everyone could purchase a Yugo car. It was made dirt cheap and you fixed it with whatever was in your pocket lol

  • F. OPE
    F. OPE

    Talking about the Soviet Union to explain Yugoslavia is like talking about the US to explain Sweden.

  • Richard Sledgecock
    Richard Sledgecock

    Those were actually pretty good cars.i think they were 3000 dollars .

  • Sandbox MLV
    Sandbox MLV

    Why did you want it? MONEY

  • jdb47games

    4:20 The British were suffering gas shortages too, looking at how low those gasometers have dropped.

  • 556poor

    I remember seeing a car in the early 2000’s at the LA auto show downstairs called an Oka made in Russia that was a Yugo remake touting that a 55 gallon barrel fit in the hatch ya know incase you need to clean up any Chernobyl type disasters.

  • weston malone
    weston malone

    On a long enough timeline, anything gets ls swapped

  • Srdjan Stevanovic
    Srdjan Stevanovic

    2 facts - if yugo had better chassis and stiffer suspension PLUS thicker wheels more widely positioned, it would look swxy to this day - in Serbia the official National Racing League is still being raced in strictly factory-parts-tuned yugo cars. These races look sick, and a 1.3 litre tuned yugo can reach 120mph and I think that is just beautiful. Just google racing class yugo

  • GameNuts


  • GameNuts

    Making a such historical connection between USSR and Yugoslavia is just mind-blowing. I am waiting for a video when they connect Sweden and the Soviet Union.

  • Mirko Musanić
    Mirko Musanić

    What was American cars suspention in the 80's? Surely not much better and surely not McPherson / multilink. Are cupholders so important? Car without cupholders is not a car? Do you people know how to change radio station without having presets? Spare tyre next to engine was a brilliant space saving feature, not a reason for a joke. All in all Yugo is a bad car, but most definitively not the worst car ever. Please do your homework better next time. Greetings from Croatia.

  • Daniel Carlson
    Daniel Carlson

    Do the Lada!

  • Sagoda

    "Worst car" the yugo Me: *angry serbian noises*

    • Meganoob BG
      Meganoob BG

      Just petty anti-communist propaganda comrade. British cars existed, so that makes the Yugo a decent car by default. In fact many still rolling around in my town. Just saw one yesterday overtake a BMW (stuck in a massive pothole). Many regards from neighbour Bulgaria. Carmunists 4LIFE.

  • microfanka

    best car ever

  • Νικολαος Ψαρρας
    Νικολαος Ψαρρας

    Alfa romeo 33: aM i A jOkE tO yOu?

    • 69 is a great number
      69 is a great number

      Ever heard of the Alfa Romeo Arna? It's far worse than the 33 ever could be.

  • I am the Offender of All
    I am the Offender of All

    Cheap people buy cheap cars. This is a NO BRAINER.

  • Nikola Spasic
    Nikola Spasic

    For serbian people yugo is the best car ever, you can buy it for 100€ and literaly do whatever you want with it and it will survive.

  • Simone

    Yu go, but the car doesn't.

  • Robb W Cochran
    Robb W Cochran

    Thanks!! I see you saw my comment lol. Good Job.

  • Igor Vladisavljev
    Igor Vladisavljev

    Me and my friends got a yugo for first of may,its like fourth of july but in Serbia(and a few other european countries),and damn did the car have the craziest last days ever,my friend rolled over in it, accidentally jump with it and kinda teared off the rear wheels with the whole suspension,he drove back 3miles in reverse(cuz that was the only way possible with the rear wheels getting stuck in the fender if you try to go forward),we made a hole in to the chassis,pulled a chain through the hole and the leaf spring suspension,tied that chain up,and it was ready to roam again. And btw this all happened off road. If you think that doing 50 mph in a yugo is terrifying,you haven't done it off road No alcohol or drugs were involved in this event,but anyone who is from the Balkan will know that this is a lie.


    If I were a kid and I was presented with the choice of a Bus pass or a Yugo I'm taking the Bus pass

  • rwdplz1

    History will repeat itself with whatever budget Chinese cars come to the US first.

  • MacTechG4

    I’d take a Yugo over a Prius or anything with a bloody CVT

  • Filip Bakic
    Filip Bakic

    It's a common mistake to think yugo originated form fiat 127.in reality it was fully designed in house. Only similarity is their predecessor, fiat 500, which, in Italy, evolved into fiat 127 and fiat 750 which was built under licence (basically a fiat 500). Yugo itself doesn't have the same chassis length or wheelbase as the fiat 127,which was by the way rear engined.

  • Manisandjr8

    Someone should take a Yugo and put a 300hp turbo K-series Honda engine in it, swap civic suspension as well that would be one hell of a sleeper

    • Eye See You
      Eye See You

      They've done it but with hemi engine.

  • Роки Вуловић
    Роки Вуловић

    1:23 soo, you have chosen death! KOSOVO I METOHIJA HEARTH OF SERBIA!!!

  • Haris Dolamic
    Haris Dolamic

    Soviet Union, the f*** you talking about?

  • Stefan Lazic
    Stefan Lazic

    Imagine this: 7 milion Slavs driving these in a small country


    1999 Amerikanci su bombardovali fabriku Zastava u Kragujevcu!!

  • Luke Warmwater
    Luke Warmwater

    this was also the geo.... I have a suzuki swift(also a geo/yugo), it is not a horrible car. gets great gas mileage handles ok and goes through snow like a champ..... and it is still going.

  • 出征!Misakas For Trump
    出征!Misakas For Trump

    11:20 The most expensive yugos in the world

  • pimpovic2

    I knew a guy back in the day that drove a Yugo Sport. Strong patriotism, that guy. I had also heard stories later, about needing to off load cars, so they had a promotion with Cadillac. Buy a Cadillac, get a Yugo for free. I can't confirm that one, but it was told to me by a respected source at the time.

  • Stevan Jakovljevic
    Stevan Jakovljevic

    Yugo is designed to be cheap for production and to be cheap for masses . When Yugo was launched in 1980 , it had ohc motor and 4 wheels independent suspension. Regular version had 1.1 l 55 hp , when standard in USA was 5.7 liter ,150 hp and solid axle , and handle like boat. All Zastava product were merged on fiat technology of that era . Z101 was fiat 128 , cheap small family car , capable to cross African through Sahara uzload.info/fun/ZZ2HrX2Wy5N2yIE/video

  • Dimitrije Novaković
    Dimitrije Novaković

    Know a guy whose yugo died last year with about 800000+ kilometers.

  • Kevin Darroch
    Kevin Darroch

    Yugsolavia was not part of the Soviet Block. They sought freedom. They had all kinds of factories. After WW2 they sought allies, partners to help build up their country through deals like the one with Occidental led by Dr. Armand Hammer. In the Warsaw Pact when they had a shortage of of some foods like bananas and citrus fruit, Yugoslavians had more much more. But some wanted to destroy the former Yugoslavia, and so they did, they blew it up and spread toxins.

  • Kuzmo

    1.6 swap with good brakes is like pocket rocket

  • jakethreesixty

    I live in upstate NY and these things are... legendary. My mom told me a story of how as a senior prank, a huge group of dudes "rearranged" the Yugos in the school parking lot by picking them up 😂

  • ScrubbinLyfe

    Like a "LADA" awful things... Don't think I missed your pun. Not even for a second. 0:32

  • IvanCelar

    I will never understand why people in the US think that Yugoslavia was like USSR, poor standard and all but that's actually false. Yugo was a joke in Yugoslavia too, the car was cheap, anyone could afford it. People who wanted a real car had VWs, Peugeots Renaults, Volvos... My folks werent anything special, they bought a new Peugeot back in the 70's, yugo's 'brother' the zastava 101 called 'stojadin' was bought few years later just because my grandfather loved to drive around everywhere, even to the shop 200 metres away for example. Yugoslavia didn't have the standard of living like the west but: 'Jugoslavija je za ostale države istočne Europe bila Amerika.' (Yugoslavia was like US compared to other countries of the eastern block.) isn't said without a reason. Worst of all this is that those countries that Yugoslavia was made of are worse today, except Slovenia and some parts of Croatia(Istria, Dalmatia and Zagreb) and northern part of Serbia.

    • 69 is a great number
      69 is a great number

      Yugoslavia was actually a pretty developed country (judging by the cars) because I visited some of them and I've seen tons of abandoned W116, W126, Fiat 125, Fiat 131, Ford Capris, Ford Granadas, Volkswagen Santanas, Peugeot 604 and many more cars that were in the luxury cars. Heck, there were even some Pontiac Grand Prixs, GAZ Volgas, Tatras and Cadillacs on some junkjards. Some of the most popular cars in Yugoslavia WERE luxurious such as the Renault 20/30, Renault 25, Ford Granada, Ford Capri, Ford Scorpio Mk1, Opel Senator, Opel Monza and large Mercedes sedans. So judging by the cars, Yugoslavia (before the Yugoslav War) was a developed country.

  • Tran Khanh
    Tran Khanh

    Bad is always fun

  • Alkemyst

    Yugo Cabriolet, bro...ya feel me?

  • deeez00

    I haven't heard the term Hoopty in ages! Hahaha

  • Drago Veles
    Drago Veles

    Americans got so mad over how shitty Yugo is, they had to destroy the factory that made it.

  • Renault Sandero R.s. 2.0
    Renault Sandero R.s. 2.0

    10:48 being a peronist place don't make us comunist, wait it's does

  • rankovx

    You completely misspronounced Kragujevac, so funny😂 Yugo is legend in Serbia!!!

  • Carsten Weiland
    Carsten Weiland

    Really bad cars are not cheap and still are really bad!

  • brickbybrick productions
    brickbybrick productions

    Like ko je iz hrvatske

  • Ad Hub
    Ad Hub

    In 1988 me and my girlfriend had a tour through the half of europa with the car the Yugo was based on. A Fiat 127 which was by then 10 years old and already a banger. I had payed 500 guldens for it which is in today's money i think $100. It was actually a good solid trusty car.

  • Jure Grešak
    Jure Grešak

    sooo.... where on eastern europe is this yugoslavia of yours? and which are the few other small countys?

  • Kevin Tucker
    Kevin Tucker

    The Le Car and the Yugo we’re about equal...

  • Matt W
    Matt W

    I don't think that the Yugo was that bad. Surprised that they were sold in the US though. The Polish built FSO Polonez was probably worse.

  • Michelangelo's Pizzeria
    Michelangelo's Pizzeria

    Actually this success story was the reason, why this country, where it came from, was destroyed. 3990 US$ was a war declaration to western countries industries. In Germany the slogan for the Yugo advertisement was: Yugo, more car needs no human! In German it sounds even more like a war declaration: "Mehr Auto braucht kein Mensch!"

  • Cpt Nibbles
    Cpt Nibbles

    We had a Yugo when I was growing up. It wasn't that bad of a car, not compared to cars or that day. The design was a solid design from fiat, but the parts had quality issues. Overall it was much better than the 1974 Oldsmobile Omega we traded in on it.

  • Trajce Jovanov
    Trajce Jovanov

    Yugoslavia is not soviet union Do a research befor make a video

  • pro efect -gaming
    pro efect -gaming

    I love the yugo and why u hate

  • Techno Phones 2
    Techno Phones 2

    I like that car. It is not the worst car

  • zmza 16
    zmza 16

    "worst car in the world" by the words of americans. yet, many of them are still on the road till this day in croatia, bosnia and serbia and they are still going strong

    • pro efect -gaming
      pro efect -gaming

      Macedonia and others

  • terrificspokesman

    They launched various models in the UK including a sporty version of the Yugo 45 called the Yugo 55 a saloon version of the 45 and the Yugo Sana which was a larger hatchback also know for a few years as the Yugo Florida uzload.info/fun/aYt8oJPd0ouDrWA/video it was quite a decent car

  • terrificspokesman

    Ahhh the Yugo the base for the famous YuuY

  • terrificspokesman

    Who owned a Yugo. Reply to this comment and say MEEEEEEEEEEEE. And I will like your comment. Just want to know and did you like the car

  • Gaming Brothers
    Gaming Brothers

    1.1l engine basically worked like its 1.3 i owned quite a few Yugos but i think yugo is cute if not from inside its cute from outside Btw yugo is 40 years old which makes him an old timer.

  • Simple Mechanics
    Simple Mechanics

    The same scrap happens all over and over again. People just do not have money (or brain) to buy their favorite car and they are forced to buy something what their wallet can handle. So they beat and beat their car because they are unhappy. Every car is possible to keep on good running condition if you spend little time for servicing and understand the car real power. Think it that way, how you like that if somebody beats you all day long. By preventive maintenance that car can drive 1 million kilometers (not f.. rubbish miles). Any old mechanic can fix it. Only modern swapnostics can not figure anything out, because there is no computers.

  • Mihailo Andonovic VI3
    Mihailo Andonovic VI3