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How Long Before Bad Reputations Are Forgotten?

By alwaysakid

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I went to a car show this past summer and saw a Yugo there. I don't know much about Yugos, as I've never owned one, but I've heard a lot about them and none of it was good. They sound like they are cheaply made and VERY prone to failure. A friend of mine who had one called his Fewgo.
So, if everyone hates Yugos, why would someone want to bring one to a car show, much less preserve or restore one? And it even got a trophy in my photo album of that car show, but no disrespectful comments (except maybe my photo description)!
That got me to thinking. You don't see Yugos anymore. It's not that they're antiques, but maybe just rare because they were hard to keep going and didn't last. And if they are rare, maybe they're collectible now.
It got me to thinking about Ford's Edsel, if I can dare make the comparison. Not long after the Edsel came out it got a reputation for being an unreliable and unwanted car. But now they're highly collectible. Instead of a lemon, it's called an icon.
How long did it take for the Edsel to gain popularity? Is the Yugo there yet? And if not, will it ever be there?
I have to admit, the Edsel has a very distinctive appearance, whereas the Yugo looks like just another econobox. But maybe some day econoboxes will be iconic reminders of a distinctive era. And maybe the Yugo will be highly sought after as one rare example.

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donnalove’s Profile Photo
Dec 6, 2011 at 8:05 pm
Had a friend that had one of those as a get to work car, it fall apart kind of fast in the first couple years he had it
GoldenGirl’s Profile Photo
Nov 20, 2011 at 7:55 pm
Yep, and the Fiat....they had a horrible reputation for quality and finally stopped selling their little boxes in the US and now we are seeing them everywhere. Our Motortopia friend, VegaVairBob posted a great article about the Vega that was quite nostalgic considering the very bad reputation they had. You can read it here:

I guess time passes and we look back on even the bad stuff with less jaundiced eyes. This weekend at the Moultrie Swap Meet there were THREE Vegas and my husband and I were delighted to see them and ran right over to inspect them as if they were old friends...we didn't feel so thrilled about them when ours blew the engine when it was less than a year old. ;-)
canadianpontiacguy’s Profile Photo
Nov 20, 2011 at 8:52 am
From what I gather,the first car that Yugo introduced into Canada was priced at less than $4,000.00. It sold quite well in its first year of introduction; however, critical reviews quickly exposed flaws in the parts that were used in its construction. In particular, the Yugos engine had a tendency to burst into flame.
The Pinto got a reputation for having a gas tank that would catch fire in a rear-end collision.
The Vega got a reputation for engine "issues".
The other vehicles that Jim mentions were "different".
Either in styling or mechanical configuration (Corvair).

This could open up a discussion on what makes a car collectible.
Any thoughts?
CorvairJim’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2011 at 11:02 pm
Yugo. Edsel. Corvair. Pacer. Gremlin. Vega. Pinto. Chevette. VW Fox. I could keep going. I'm sure that all were decent cars if their owners owuld just take proper care of them and fix whatever happened to go wrong promptly. I know from personal experience with over a dozen Corvairs and a lone Pacer that they didn't deserve the bad rap they received. I actually saw a Chevette at three different shows this past summer. The car was 100% original except for maintenance items and the factory paint still shined. The car's owner was very proud of his 2-owner car, and deservedly so. Cars like this Yugo will be rarities in years to come so I, for one, am happy that someone saw fit to preserve this one.
TerryO’s Profile Photo
Nov 19, 2011 at 9:29 pm
I have favorites and this is not one of them. We are all different (thank goodness) and we see things as such. I believe cars are remembered for the impact they leave with the reputation they become known for.

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