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Old 06-09-2021, 11:38 AM
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Been thinking of one. Wife to haul her yard tools around and run around the neighborhood. Haven't looked yet, not sure what the going prices are. Would go electric. Any recommendations?
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Originally Posted by William OBrien View Post
I have an EZ-GO RXV, A/C motor with electric brake. You can make that thing go very fast by reprograming the computer. I use it to go to work and to tow airplanes around all day. The thing is great. And yes, cruising around quietly is a huge difference. I would go electric.
Family members got one of these about a month ago. It's a 2017 completely redone for 2021. 48V, lights, horn, cool paint job, long top, flip down seat, 14" black rims, etc... It's a good looking cart.

Dealership gave us a gas EZ-GO loaner for a couple days while they took care of a maintenance issue. After having electric and seeing how quiet it is, I personally prefer it.
Old 06-09-2021, 12:48 PM
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We have yamaha quietech, tests show as quiet at gas when moving (a little bit more when starting to move). Fill it up and get 200 miles, I've adjusted the governor nut so low to mid 20s with stock small tires. I may upgrade once size and get a little more, and there is a clutch kit for a couple hundred that gives you even better high end plus low end improvements. I like the park it and go 200 miles aspect.

The only downside is that (I think) they are the only one with independent rear suspension, so really can't be lifted easily/cheaply.

I will say 25mph with just rear drums is plenty fast. Maybe I should upgrade to disk brakes!
Old 06-09-2021, 01:10 PM
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If you have kids be careful...everyone in my neighborhood has them and 90% of them (mine included) have been flipped by kids. (thankfully no major injuries). No need to have anything really fast with kiddos around.
Old 06-09-2021, 01:14 PM
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We have a pair of electric EZGO RXV’s at our summer place in Delaware.
Old 06-09-2021, 02:12 PM
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I’m on my 11 th year on the first set of batteries on a 48 volt Star, street legal cart. I’m sure they are getting tired, since they need to be charged more often, but other that replacing the tires once, totally maintenance free.
Old 06-09-2021, 03:49 PM
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I’m looking at getting one for the neighborhood and can’t understand why anybody would say go with gas and deal with the annual maintenance vs doing the electric models.
Old 06-09-2021, 04:36 PM
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
I’m looking at getting one for the neighborhood and can’t understand why anybody would say go with gas and deal with the annual maintenance vs doing the electric models.
Annual maintenance takes 20 min. Filling with gas takes 1 min.
Old 06-09-2021, 05:32 PM
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
Your check list is exactly what we did/have on our cart except the gas part . OP don't forget brake lights as far as I am aware at least in SC brake lights are mandatory but turn signals are not . We added brake lights after the fact because we take our cart to Fripp island twice a year and brake lights mandatory at inspection . Hand signals are legal for turning .

Never heard anything about brake lights. Wife’s Club does not have them but does have running lights

My SXS has brake lights, I have a. SCDMV Golf Cart sticker on it as well as regular auto insurance
Old 06-09-2021, 08:08 PM
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Just picked up a cart today. 2017 EZGO RXV Freedom 48V with a AC motor. Lots of bells and whistles including a kicker Bluetooth stereo. Like it a lot. Smooth and quiet with plenty of power even with all the hills in our neighborhood. Have been driving my fathers Gas Yamaha for 13 years over at his place and it seems like once a year we have a fuel problem.

Plan to get it registered so we can run down the road to a couple of restaurants. Also neighborhood is plenty big for evening cruises, neighborhood get together and not having to worry about parking and also hitting up the pool. Wife loves it.





Old 06-09-2021, 08:20 PM
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Lots of info here, thanks a bunch. I think electric probably fits the bill for what we need.
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I'm a retired Club Car International Service Manager for Latin America & the Caribbean, was around all kinds of golf cars (manufacturers HATE when people call them "carts", LOL) and I agree with many people here; if used on coastal areas get the Club Car, they're made to last under severe corrosion conditions. I was one of the few people allowed to enter the Cayman Islands right after Hurricane Ivan to evaluate a golf car fleet after the islands were totally under water. The seawater inundated the golf course (there was a very large boat on the parking lot squashing some cars!)and the water level reached about 4 feet in the car barn. All the cars (electric) were under salt water for over 36 hours. However, the techs were able to make some of them actually start and run and use them for their recovery efforts! Of course, they didn't run for very long but it's a strong testament to their construction and the quality of their electrical systems.

If you're not on a coastal are then any of the other brands are great buys and will provide excellent service.

I do prefer electric over gas due to 3 reasons, when something goes wrong you have 3 different systems to troubleshoot in a gas car, fuel, air and electrical whereas in an electric car there's only 1 system, electric! And with todays diagnostic tools it's a cinch to troubleshoot an electric car (can you tell I was only ever contacted to fix the darn things!!!???). What's the secret to keep an electric car going? Learn how to use and maintain the batteries! Most people don't know how to properly use electric cars and that's where most issues arise. What would be my one most important suggestion? NEVER RUN IT UNTIL IT STOPS! This is the worst thing you can do, I always told my dealers to teach their customers that when the battery charge light comes on it's time to charge the batteries, not drive another 20 miles! And these batteries don't hold a "memory", if you use it, charge it! Even if you only used it for 5 minutes, charge it. Newer Club Car, EZGO and Yamaha chargers are designed to be ALWAYS connected to the car when it's not being used, they automatically charge to 100%, turn off and then monitor the charge and turn back on when the battery voltage drops under a certain amount and they'll do this 24/7/365. There are many other suggestions I could make but you can also check the Club Car page in YouTube to find many electric and gas car maintenance procedures and suggestions.

Anyway, hope this helps a bit and good luck in your golf car search!
Old 06-10-2021, 03:27 AM
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Originally Posted by wahoo wacker View Post
If you have kids be careful...everyone in my neighborhood has them and 90% of them (mine included) have been flipped by kids. (thankfully no major injuries). No need to have anything really fast with kiddos around.
We use to do that with the three wheeled ones on the golf course back in the early 90's then stand them back up and finish our round. The four wheeled ones seem so much more safer and a lot harder to flip.
Old 06-10-2021, 05:03 AM
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Annual maintenance takes 20 min. Filling with gas takes 1 min.

you’re not taking into account the set up and dumping of the oil.
Old 06-10-2021, 05:19 AM
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Originally Posted by Saltydawg15 View Post
you’re not taking into account the set up and dumping of the oil.
What setup? Uses the same tools/pans as the other 10+ IC engines. Oil just goes in a big jug that gets taken off when its full. An oil change takes no more time than does watering a full set of batteries, and has to be done much less often. Literally have 2 of each. Gas is a lot less trouble day to day. Electric isn't bad, but gas is incredibly easy. No remembering to charge, no range limitations, etc. Have both, and like gas better hands down.
Old 06-10-2021, 10:14 AM
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here is what u need - to keep ur hands and white shorts clean

https://www.clubcar.com/en-us/club-c...g-wheel-covers
Old 06-10-2021, 02:32 PM
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Originally Posted by nestorpr View Post
I'm a retired Club Car International Service Manager for Latin America & the Caribbean, was around all kinds of golf cars (manufacturers HATE when people call them "carts", LOL) and I agree with many people here; if used on coastal areas get the Club Car, they're made to last under severe corrosion conditions. I was one of the few people allowed to enter the Cayman Islands right after Hurricane Ivan to evaluate a golf car fleet after the islands were totally under water. The seawater inundated the golf course (there was a very large boat on the parking lot squashing some cars!)and the water level reached about 4 feet in the car barn. All the cars (electric) were under salt water for over 36 hours. However, the techs were able to make some of them actually start and run and use them for their recovery efforts! Of course, they didn't run for very long but it's a strong testament to their construction and the quality of their electrical systems.

If you're not on a coastal are then any of the other brands are great buys and will provide excellent service.

I do prefer electric over gas due to 3 reasons, when something goes wrong you have 3 different systems to troubleshoot in a gas car, fuel, air and electrical whereas in an electric car there's only 1 system, electric! And with todays diagnostic tools it's a cinch to troubleshoot an electric car (can you tell I was only ever contacted to fix the darn things!!!???). What's the secret to keep an electric car going? Learn how to use and maintain the batteries! Most people don't know how to properly use electric cars and that's where most issues arise. What would be my one most important suggestion? NEVER RUN IT UNTIL IT STOPS! This is the worst thing you can do, I always told my dealers to teach their customers that when the battery charge light comes on it's time to charge the batteries, not drive another 20 miles! And these batteries don't hold a "memory", if you use it, charge it! Even if you only used it for 5 minutes, charge it. Newer Club Car, EZGO and Yamaha chargers are designed to be ALWAYS connected to the car when it's not being used, they automatically charge to 100%, turn off and then monitor the charge and turn back on when the battery voltage drops under a certain amount and they'll do this 24/7/365. There are many other suggestions I could make but you can also check the Club Car page in YouTube to find many electric and gas car maintenance procedures and suggestions.

Anyway, hope this helps a bit and good luck in your golf car search!

As a new Club Car owner, do you have a recommendation on a battery watering system?
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Originally Posted by CNC Boater View Post
As a new Club Car owner, do you have a recommendation on a battery watering system?
flow rite or philly scientific. Both are good. Trick to them is not using too often and having properly regulated water pressure.

honestly, I would do a watering jug and deionized/distilled water unless you are maintaining a fleet. Spent a long time in the electric forklift world where watering systems are common. I don’t have one on mine, and use distilled water instead. Once a month is plenty. Filling them too often will overfill the batteries.

this jug is cheap and works well.

Performance Tool W54274 Battery Filler with Auto Shut Off and Drip-Free Valve, 2 Quarts https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B003EHIF...QR96EZWW4QZSCG
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The one sold by Club Car, made by Flow Rite, is excellent. We had very few issues with them but like anything else mechanical you have to keep an eye on them. I always recommended that you make a visual inspection of all the cells at least once a month to ensure that no valve is sticking closed (dry cell) or open (overfilled cell). I have no experience with any other brand so unfortunately cannot comment on them.
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