The 1988 Volga GAZ 24-10 Is a Hilariously Bad Soviet Russian Car 

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The Volga GAZ 24-10 is a Soviet car -- and a poorly built, laughably outdated one. Today I'm reviewing the GAZ 24-10, and I'm going to show you all the quirks and features of a Soviet car that lagged far behind what we had in North America. I'm also going to drive the Volga and show you what it's like on the road.
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Thomas Dollard
Thomas Dollard Pirms 6 Minūtes
Just so you know, the 1988 Ford Taurus didn't have rear headrests either. I get Soviet cars suck, but you laugh at everything, even stuff that wasn't common in the west yet. Rear seat vents, nope not until the 90s.
Ron O'Connor
Ron O'Connor Pirms 10 Minūtes
Two things Doug. First you didn’t touch on the nos tank in the trunk. You may have been able to hit 60mph in 14 seconds with it on, pay attention to that temp gauge though. Second is the pills. 1988 was two years after Chernobyl so iodine pills may have been standard equipment. Of course it wasnt nos but since you were already laughing anyway...
Dmldc Pirms 21 minūtes
Soviet fanboy snowflakes complaining in the comments
Michael Wood Bodley
Michael Wood Bodley Pirms 22 Minūtes
I think you overdo your criticisms. There is nothing special about the appearance of most of the Western made cars of the 1980s which look just as dated today as the Soviet car, and from an environmental point of view there is something to be said for not changing the design of a car as frequently as Western manufacturers do. I wonder how the Western cars would have fared on poor Soviet roads? Has it not occurred to you that the pIlls you find so hilarious might be for motion sickness? Or that the liquids could be for treating insect bites and minor cuts of the kind children often have when out and about? By all means criticize but give it some thought first.
Harry Canary
Harry Canary Pirms 24 Minūtes
This car is in amazingly great shape. I don't think it looks THAT bad,it is just a typical,boxy,cold-war-era Russian consumer item. To me,the styling seems like early-mid 1960's. I cannot help but think that the Soviet army/military equipment of the time was of similar quality... Thanks for posting a cool vid !🌞
Badescu Andi
Badescu Andi Pirms 24 Minūtes
This car eat gasoline like a soviet tank,🇷🇴🇷🇴
sixstringedthing Pirms 44 Minūtes
Here we see a grown man seemingly losing his shit at the fact that life is pretty different in parts of the world which aren't America. The addition of a very complete First Aid kit seems pretty sensible in a country as large and often inhospitable as Russia. I keep a basic kit in my car, to which I've added a few essentials (antiseptic spray, torch, matches, pencil/paper.)
DominatorRa Pirms 54 Minūtes
Progress was not prohibited by the Soviet government, but by total poverty. Throughout its existence in the USSR, this car was a symbol of elitism and prosperity for the elite, it was even impossible to buy it freely. For the USSR, it's like a Mercedes 600 SL V12.
Bek Askar
Bek Askar Pirms 55 Minūtes
А теперь ждём ролик про LADA "ВАЗ"- 2107 (Жигули) 2012 года выпуска.
OverallChampion Pirms Stundas
Some of the old Ladas will go better through heavy snow than some 199.. cars
Acid Green
Acid Green Pirms Stundas
This is just a mockery fit for Saturday Night Live, not a car review
Jay Pirms Stundas
But to compare this car with 1988 western models is unfair.
Joshua So
Joshua So Pirms 2 Stundām
Holy crap he was reaching so hard to find faults and make fun of this car. It's just a car that was 18 years out of date when it came out, which isn't that bad. Its not like the Trabant which was like a 1950s car still being released all the way until 1990.
Joshua So
Joshua So Pirms 2 Stundām
Why were the gauges so funny? They literally work the same as in any car
Csaba Kis
Csaba Kis Pirms 2 Stundām
You should have done more digging into the era, in which this car was made or designed. It was a luxury sedan for the eastern bloc back in those days. You had to sign up and wait for any cars to arrive for years. In 1988 my father had a Lada 1200S (I live in Hungary). Actually this Volga model wasnt sold to the public - as I recall party officials, high ranking company people or really well connected doctors had such a car. This is quite the latest model. I remember autumn 1988, as a kid, I was travelling in such a car, the previous model - in comparison to the other cars available in the eastern bloc - this was comfortable, roomy, etc. The car seems to be ridiculous for YOU or other westerners, BUT in that time, not having the option to buy cars from the western world, this was pretty much the pinnacle of sedans you can get. About the design - starting from the 60's the eastern bloc started to lag behind the western world more and more. So the carmakers of the eastern bloc were only be able to purchase already outdated blueprints - for example my dad's car (Lada 1200s) was based on Fiat 125 (?) from the 60's. Dacia (Romania) bought Renault blueprints from the 60-70's, etc. ... one more little details -> I know it is easy the label those countries as communists in that era, but they were actually socialist countries - the difference basically -> communism = no private property, socialism -> the road to communism ... trust me, we had to pay for everything just like today ...
Brent Roscoe
Brent Roscoe Pirms 2 Stundām
You could see the bumper rusting as doug laughed so hard the tears from his eyes fell on it
Bashi88 Pirms 2 Stundām
I don't know much about Soviet times, but one thing I know that they did what they could. And this is what they could do at that time. I think Doug does not have any idea about this and just makes fun of the history that was part of millions of people's lives. I'd like to see an honest review of this car without all the mockery. Greetings from the neighbor of Russia, Finland!!
Jerry 2234
Jerry 2234 Pirms 2 Stundām
Unbelievably wrong assumption... Good old communists cars not only lasted you lifetime. And this one had a nick name the tank. And rightfully so... People are paying big money. This car had also combi-estate version and that I a space tank... And you are very very wrong... This car has heating fit for purpose. Imagine true Russian winter somewhere in Siberia... Now it comes to see how ignorant you really are... In that first aid kit you have treatment for in an essence every injury you could have sustained in traffic accident Also we learned first aid en mass. Compare the overall view from that car. You have very good idea what is going on around you. I see much less from newer western cars. Reliability of this car is very good thou not maintenance free. In fact I miss the times when driving was much more about driving. And less about gadgets. Also if you had driven this car bit more you learned to listen and feel to it. By that you would get pretty good idea about many things. Is the road wet or frozen, how fast you go. Just by listening to the engine you can pretty accurately estimate your speed fuel consumption etc. Driving those classic cars is much more fun... Oh hey we're you feeling hot ? Open your window.
Michael Anthony
Michael Anthony Pirms 2 Stundām
This awkward man has close to four million subscribers.
Gabriel Lynn
Gabriel Lynn Pirms 3 Stundām
I really love how he loses it at the medical kit. Gotta love how tickled he is by that, haha.
jothegreek Pirms 3 Stundām
If you bought an opel back then would had similar traits ths presenter is an ignorant fool
Tom Batten
Tom Batten Pirms 3 Stundām
Is no one going to mention the condoms in the first aid kit?
MrPeterbennett Pirms 4 Stundām
fuel injection in T34 tank, this bloke knows nothing
MrPeterbennett Pirms 4 Stundām
If this bloke is good why does he design cars,, then i could take the piss out of HIM
JB Dragon
JB Dragon Pirms 4 Stundām
Im wonder webby anyone would import such junk into the U.S.?. Bring back their childhood memory living in Russia as a kid? That's a ton of money to ship it here.
Don Don
Don Don Pirms 4 Stundām
That 'cloth strap' is an earth bond for the hood........................
Walnut Cove
Walnut Cove Pirms 4 Stundām
Doug is cool but he’s like Jeremy Clarkson in that he doesn’t get that engineering is sometimes about fitting a need and these cars did just that. Robust, economic, and repairable. That was what was needed then. It was never made to satisfy the capitalist mindset of comfort, flash, and convenience.
Andrei Mot
Andrei Mot Pirms 5 Stundām
The fact that this Volga didn't use boat or a plane to get to the USA 🤫
Denz Zeboa
Denz Zeboa Pirms 5 Stundām
We can laught from USSR, but it was the one and ONLY country that could oppose the USA😎
phyotyla Pirms 5 Stundām
I don't think that the car is good but I do have a couple of problems with the video. My main problem is that Doug laughs about things he does not understand, not just things that he understands and are silly. The (battery) voltage should be in a small range so it makes sense that the gauge has a lot of red. The first aid kit appears to be more comprehensive than the western counterparts so let's laugh about it as if being more comprehensive makes it worse. Also, the shallow cup "holders" were still around in the 80s in western cars, too.
Frank Denardo
Frank Denardo Pirms 5 Stundām
To buy a car in Eastern Europe you have to wait for up to ten years
Jonathan Stancil
Jonathan Stancil Pirms 5 Stundām
Breathe Doug, breathe.
Meng-Lin Wu
Meng-Lin Wu Pirms 5 Stundām
The car may not be the best from the 1988, but Doug you are definitely one of the nastiest Americans from 1988.
Kamal El-Kheshen
Kamal El-Kheshen Pirms 6 Stundām
Doug's condescending attitude was not funny. I'm 100% anti communism so am not defending anything Soviet. Doug making fun of others is neither cool nor civilized.
Yule Calma
Yule Calma Pirms 6 Stundām
You need pills inside your car, its for the occupants who can get car sick and those with fever. This should be an addition to many auto makers but reminder.
XL 82
XL 82 Pirms 6 Stundām
russian cars are always crap (well 80s russian cars anyway)
creditelectric Pirms 6 Stundām
THX-1138 C
THX-1138 C Pirms 6 Stundām
The pills are cyanide capsules for when you’re captured!
SA 79
SA 79 Pirms 6 Stundām
1988? Looks like 1968.
Luis Morales
Luis Morales Pirms 6 Stundām
The trunk is big enough that you can put the body of a traitor to the motherland.
Black Cat
Black Cat Pirms 7 Stundām
First aid kit really wasn't that funny
Artur B
Artur B Pirms 7 Stundām
My BMW e46 had same dimmer.
Artur B
Artur B Pirms 7 Stundām
It's funny how Americans with their ancient Crown Victoria's produced up to 2011 are mocking Soviets ;)
gtm559 Pirms 7 Stundām
I will tell you something more. Take your perfect American car and truck, go to siberian regions and try to drive it. Good luck. Kraz Gas Moscvich was machines. If you search you will amazed. But one stereotypical American what to say.
RichieT5 Pirms 7 Stundām
I loved Doug losing it with laughter over the first aid kit 🤣🤣🤣 hilarious
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose Pirms 7 Stundām
This guy is rather obnoxious.
RichieT5 Pirms 7 Stundām
It may be laughable in its oldness but it is so much more interesting than a new 3 series...
abbsnn cose
abbsnn cose Pirms 7 Stundām
Ask old Russians. They will tell you how "cool" a socialism was.
EMFRocks Pirms 8 Stundām
Sad review, but it 's not the car, it's the reviewer's condescension that is nauseating. Every design has its merits, especially that has stood the test of time . In this case the medical kit shows an indecent amount of forethought, in contrast to Doug's indecent lack of study of this car. Shame on you, mocking an entire nation due to your lack of understanding seems to have reversed your mocking laugh back to the arrogance of the (some) American people.
RS Jones930
RS Jones930 Pirms 8 Stundām
This is the only car I've ever seen in my entire life that looked even sadder after a thorough detail.
packard5682 Pirms 9 Stundām
The inside rear view mirror that he said he had 'never seen before'! Really?? It was a very common mirror in US cars from the 1940's into the 1980's. It's called a Day/Night mirror! You flip the little lever when someone comes up behind you at night and it changes the angle of the mirror so you still have a mirror but it is like dimming their headlights so it doesn't blind you with their bright lights. Everybody knows that Soviet cars are 'bad' but they are interesting in their own way. I'd almost bet he would say about the same thing about a Model T Ford. I think I have seen enough.
Jennifer Smith
Jennifer Smith Pirms 9 Stundām
Check Jay Leno's presentation of a 1966 Volga as well to get a clearer pic of these cars. This car was for privileged people in the USSR back then. Different time esp in the USSR back then
Don Cely
Don Cely Pirms 9 Stundām
It is easy to make fun of traditions in different countries, but generally these differences have their genesis in local conditions. We forget that American auto manufacturers were busy fighting safety regulations and making sure their capitalist buddies at the oil companies were making their fair share of profits. Back in the eighties, there were relatively (by almost anyone's standards) very few cars on Soviet roads. Spending money and resources on turning out new cars every year was not so great a priority. I'm guessing the St. Petersburg (former Leningrad) engineer didn't trade his car in after just 24 months... the American average. In the 80's, CCCP was spending industrial money keeping up with the US in the farce known as The Cold War to worry about updating available body colors on every Comrade's new car. My old 1971 Land Rover did pretty well on its old fashioned carburetor, aluminum alloy skin, and passive air conditioning system. (If it was cool out, it was cool in the car. If it was hot out, it was not cool in the car... that's as passive as you can get). But that doesn't make the Rover a laughing stock. All that being said, this is a fun channel and your videos are very amusing, and that's the best we can hope for. Keep up the very good work!
бренедикт мастодонтов
Есть здесь русские? Согласитесь, неприятно смотреть на обсирание одной из лучших машин СССР.
creditelectric Pirms 10 Stundām
This is still going? Douglas needs to be reminded of at least two of the biggest dud products from the USA auto industry first one for me was the Ford Pinto with the exploding fuel tank, they really didn't know how to design a small car, should have asked Honda at the time to design something.The second is the Oldsmobile V8 DIESEL,what was the point of that?A diesel should be economical & capable of lasting many many miles. Fail.
Gary how to bluetooth jbl headphones Gray
The soviets weren't creating these cars to compete or profit ; they where designed and built to be for practical use. Distinguish the difference between communism and capitalism,other than behaving like an indoctrinated schoolboy, that resorts to mocking something they clearly lack the intellect to comprehend?? These cars out-toughed all western cars in their class - by a milestone - I'm afraid !:))
Jeff Sutthoff
Jeff Sutthoff Pirms 10 Stundām
The medicine is mostly vodka
crabhab Pirms 11 Stundām
Notice the headliner in great shape much better than the drooping mess in my 2013 Toyota Avalon....
captain3xtreme Pirms 12 Stundām
commies malding
kaleuclint Pirms 12 Stundām
A lot to like. Review of Argentina-made Ford Falcon needed.
Nayan Kar
Nayan Kar Pirms 12 Stundām
NiceCobra Pirms 13 Stundām
Are you laughing Doug? Keep voting for Democrats and they're socialism propaganda and America will drive this kind of cars very soon. Along with other socialism ”benefits”. Ask old Russians. They will tell you how "cool" a socialism was.
Henry Spelter
Henry Spelter Pirms 13 Stundām
This guy is rather obnoxious.
Roger Shoaf
Roger Shoaf Pirms 13 Stundām
How many rubles did it cost when new? An interesting project would have been to do a little hot rodding with this car. Perhaps stuff in a Buick 3.8 with a 5 speed and 4 wheel disk brakes. Now tale it on a road trip back to Russia. That would be some cool video content.
Blogen Geezer
Blogen Geezer Pirms 13 Stundām
Consider choices. Lada? 'Bald and Bankrupt' likes Lada's
Kyryl Bespalov
Kyryl Bespalov Pirms 13 Stundām
the only thing to add is "activated charcoal" may register better in English
robert beaty
robert beaty Pirms 13 Stundām
What a condescending a**hole.
Gandalf Namirreh
Gandalf Namirreh Pirms 14 Stundām
The strap from the firewall to the hood is a braided copper ground strap
Blaine Bugaski
Blaine Bugaski Pirms 14 Stundām
My Mother's 1982 Volkswagen Jetta shared many similarities with this car, especially the interior.
asd87 Pirms 14 Stundām
Doug laughing at a URSS car medkit that gives you more medicine than any USA hospital today... The irony.
kudraadk Pirms 15 Stundām
Did anyone notice that the screws in the glove box weren't even Philips headed.
Larry Welchko
Larry Welchko Pirms 15 Stundām
I must be a bit weird because I like the body style. Lose the 4 banger and trani and drop a 289 and 5 speed in it.
Philbo200 Lambretta
Philbo200 Lambretta Pirms 15 Stundām
They can't build a good car, makes wonder how good their aircraft and ships are.
John Doe
John Doe Pirms 15 Stundām
To add to the intro, a Gaz 24-10 was also extremely expensive: A lada Zhiguli was around 10.000 rubles, while this GAZ was nearly 16.000. Now factor in that an average salary was around 200 rubles and you get the ideea how expensive this was. Edit: GAZ comes from Gorkovsky Avtomobilny Zavod, or Gorky Automotive Plant.
EchoGames Pirms 15 Stundām
I like doug and ive been a long time viewer but compare this video with the trabant video he made, you can then see how much hes changed and in my opinion he kinda came off as a jerk in this video...
Threetails Pirms 15 Stundām
I love it. Plenty of character. Mechanically uncomplicated. Crude but effective like most Soviet machinery. I'd buy one.
Everything Pirms 15 Stundām
I read a lot of comments hating on this video, but what 1988 car from the west is worse? The car is crap I don't understand why you all are upset because he's laughing at it because the car is a fucking joke. Let's put it in perspective: 5 years after this car rolled off the production line Mclaren were selling the F1.
Rolf Karlstad
Rolf Karlstad Pirms 15 Stundām
You're so insufferable
Nogent Alex
Nogent Alex Pirms 15 Stundām
Everything Pirms 15 Stundām
The horn sounds amazing. Change my mind.
DH Pirms 16 Stundām
Stalin is probably rotating in his grave, thinking about this American rubbing his filthy capitalist hands all over his beautiful car..
Philip Mulville
Philip Mulville Pirms 16 Stundām
Doug, I'm pretty shocked by this unprofessional review. The only thing you've managed to do is demonstrate how little you understand about the Soviet Union and its auto industry. You may laugh at the Volga GAZ 24-10, but any auto industry boss in the U.S., Europe or anywhere else would have struggled to produce a car as suited to the local driving and motoring conditions given constraints similar to those faced by Soviet car producers. If you had grown up in the Soviet Union, you would likely have aspired to owning a Volga. All things considered, it's not a bad car at all.
Ari Kolbeinsson
Ari Kolbeinsson Pirms 16 Stundām
Doug spends a whole video being a jerk... First, think about where and when the car is used. That explains many of the decisions. Medium warm air just below the max heat setting? Russia in winter is cold, only use for cold air, quite hot air, and full hot air. First aid kit hilarious? Well, USSR was big. Very, very big. And not that many people. Unless you are in the main cities you can have multiple hours to the next doctor or pharmacy. Iodine (cleaning wounds), simple pain medication, and activated charcoal all seem like a really sensible idea. In fact, if I buy a good first aid kit it may contain some analogues for those, while the cheap WallyWorld ones won't. From a design standpoint there was really nothing wrong with the GAZ Volga. In 1988 it was just very out of date. But a solid design, both mechanically and aesthetically, and designed within harsh limitations provided by the USSR government. Look at the logic of the lines in the design. Everything makes sense. Whether you or I find it beautiful is a matter of taste, but I see nothing that says anything other than good things about the people who made it.
wersuss Pirms 16 Stundām
The year i born hehe
Zar Star
Zar Star Pirms 16 Stundām
Like steering wheel on right left n usa
Zar Star
Zar Star Pirms 16 Stundām
Its the 88..even rolls royce has wacky stuff
Zar Star
Zar Star Pirms 16 Stundām
Its russian not american thinks are different..
zabnat Pirms 17 Stundām
Btw. same center mirror dimmer system and with beauty mirrors on sunvisors in a same year VW Golf. Probably in many European cars of that era. Driver doesn't need to look pretty. :)
Oliver1138 Pirms 17 Stundām
What a loud-mouthed jerk. Many of the features he laughes at were quite common in European cars of the time, and he lacks any understanding of the era and circumstances. And of the car, too.
zabnat Pirms 17 Stundām
This is like Jeremy Clarkson reviewing an older American car. :)
Carmelo Vazzana
Carmelo Vazzana Pirms 17 Stundām
Out of the bucket.
Tilemachos Kosmidis
Tilemachos Kosmidis Pirms 17 Stundām
Wow, an adult guy who can't even be bothered to look up what these chemicals could be. That was really low for someone with so many subscribers. Unnecessary mocking of a car. It might not be a great car, but I am sure it was getting you from point A to point B. But estimating that you are probably in your 40s, I guess you grew up during the cold war so your bias make sense.
Andrew D King
Andrew D King Pirms 17 Stundām
Its a perfect acceptable three box car shaped car as were many Mercs of the same era. That horn was magnificent, so not at all rubbish. The car is probably better than the Lada, Skoda and Polonez eastern block car imports we in Britain had from that era. Skodas are now desirable.
A.Y. Pirms 17 Stundām
U cracked me up....i was in armenia and got on a taxi which was one of these.. i laughed so much that the taxi driver politely asked me to get off his cab because he thought i was high on marijuana... in fact it was the same color 🤣😂😅
Vasiliy Ulin
Vasiliy Ulin Pirms 17 Stundām
The pills you found in the Medkit are Activated Charcoal? It's basically digestion helping / stomach pain relief universal pill.
ANDY F Pirms 18 Stundām
Mach den Wolga hier nicht schlecht !!! Wo eure hochtechnisierten Luxuskarren streiken, steckenbleiben, im Winter kalt bleiben - da trumpft die einfache Technik auf! Ob LKW , Geländewagen oder PKW - weniger ist oft mehr ...
Adrian Vacarescu
Adrian Vacarescu Pirms 18 Stundām
Do the Dacia 1300 next, it's kinda similar 🤔
L.A. Commander
L.A. Commander Pirms 18 Stundām
Still beats a Trabi lol
Arne List
Arne List Pirms 18 Stundām
In Germany, this is a collectible sought after car today. I remember, in East Germany, they were the best taxis. Please respect, that people from the whole world view your videos and love them normally. This is a mid sixties design. Yeah, the time has frozen in the Soviet Union, but this is not the car's fault. It deserves more love with collectors in mind.
Drinking Bleach Will Kill You
I drove one of those when I lived in Germany. All I remember is basically touring gas stations around town. 24-10 was most likely 24 gallons on 10 miles, because the mileage was ridiculous.
mirteoda Pirms 18 Stundām
lol the flower in the gearknob must be an eastern european thing cause they were also pretty popular in Romania in the 90s
Phillip Stankey
Phillip Stankey Pirms 18 Stundām
Interesting subject matter...but this guy is so fricking annoying I quit at the 5 minute mark
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