Yugo GVL
Vehicle Make/Model Specifications:
Make: Yugo
Model: GVL
Yugo GVL

One critical issue specific to the Yugo was the need for regular supplanting of the engine's timing belt. It needed to occur every 40,000 miles. Though this requirement was stressed in owners' manuals, it was very frequently overlooked by owners. The factory also stresses the need for 89-octane fuels for the high-compression engines. Some Yugo owners have reported that regular oil changes and appropriate maintenance allow the cars to remain dependable and basically trouble-free. Owners of the Yugo and related models in the former Yugoslavia have the added benefit of a ready supply of cheap spare parts. There have been a number of models inspired by the Yugo 45. These include the Yugo 55, the 60, the 65, the Koral, the Ciao, the Tempo, the Cabrio, the GV, the GV Plus, the GVX and the GVL. Zastava was founded as an arms maker in 1853. By the late 1930s the company had expanded into the automobile industry and was supplying Ford designed trucks to the Yugoslav Army. This manner of vehicle production continued until 1941 when World War II began affecting Yugoslavia. Until the 1980s, Yugo engines had been fitted with a carburetor before fuel-injected models were introduced beginning with the GVX-EFI, which featured a 1300 cc engine designed by Porsche for Fiat. This fuel injection system was provided by BOSCH. Yugo faced a host of problems in the American market. Along with other Central and Eastern Europe models marketed in the West during the 20th century, Yugo was subjected to criticism and skepticism by reviewers who highlighted its use of aged Fiat technology as allegedly negatively affecting the build quality and reliability. On the other hand, defenders of the vehicle have argued that the Yugo's reputation suffered because people viewed the cars as disposable because they were so cheap. Dealers were finding that many owners were considering inexpensive cars as throwaway, and thus were failing to perform basic maintenance such as oil changes.

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