1989 Yugo GVL: Valets Dig It
by Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor on January 12, 2016
Kurt and I left the office around the same time for a holiday party back in December, piloting the 1989 Yugo GVL and the 2015 Acura TLX, respectively. He beat me, of course, so I had the privilege of pulling up behind the Yugo at the valet stand, creating an assuredly unprecedented TLX-Yugo-Range Rover sandwich.
Then the valet drove off in the Yugo and parked it next to a dumpster behind a hedge, and I got most it on video.
Unfortunately, I started recording too late to catch the part where the guy couldn't get it into reverse. As I explained in the operating instructions, "Reverse may take 10-15 seconds to locate. It's down there somewhere." This man had evidently not read the instructions. I heard him grunting and cussing as soon as I got out of the TLX, and the Yugo was visibly rocking as he tried to jam the shifter somewhere that made sense.
Once he figured it out, though, he seemed to have himself a pleasant little experience, as Edmunds Yugo drivers are wont to do.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 41,838 miles