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Starting to look into getting a golf cart. Looking for overall opinions of what others have. I know this is kind of like saying, "I'm thinking about getting a car, which one is best". We live in a neighborhood that we can drive them on the street, some hills, nothing crazy. Will never really leave the pavement. I'm not sure if most would recommend gas or electric?? My thought is with gas...put fuel in it, service it, change the oil, etc it will last for years. With electric, the battery is going to fade over time and eventually be a very expensive replacement. Just looking for some general thoughts.
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I have electric , bought it for my daughter at 13 birthday . She just turned 17 and batteries are strong as can be and only money put in was added heavy duty springs (by choice) and new wheels (by choice) and tinted windshield . It has cost me ZERO in upkeep (knocks on wood)
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Between home and the farm currently have 4. 2 gas, 2 electric. Like gas hands down better than electric. Literally put gas in them and change the oil/filter once a year. I personally don't care for lifts at all, but there is a lot of benifit to DOT tires vs regular golf course turf tires if you are primarily operating on pavement.

Personally think the ideal setup for average use is a standard gas cart with following mods:
  • 1/2 fold windshield
  • full width rear view mirror
  • "flip flop" back seat (folds down to a flat bed which is handy for yardwork, etc.)
  • high capacity rear springs (keeps it from sagging with people on back seat)
  • lights as needed.
Brand wise, Club Car is my favorite. Unless its being used in coastal environments get whatever you can get a good deal on between Club Car/EZ Go/Yamaha. If using at the coast, I like the aluminum frame of the club cars.
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I have a lifted gas EZ-GO. Have been happy with it overall. Have debated switching to an electric one, but ultimately we don't use it enough to make the hassle of selling/buying/etc worthwhile. If I wind up with some free time between jobs I've debated dropping a higher HP engine into it with one of the conversion kits for fun. Not because it's needed, just because it would be fun to do.
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I've always had club cars because I like the aluminum chassis. Mine have all been electric because they are so maintenance free...keep up with the batteries and they'll last you 6 years. New set is $650. In my life anyway, I dont need anymore oil filters, fuel filters, spark plugs, fuel treatment etc....electric all the way.

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Cruising around the neighborhood in "silence" makes it much more enjoyable. Electric all the way.
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In OP's environment I'd go with electric.
Batteries will last 5 to 8 years if properly cared for and replacement will set you back around $650 (add $100 if you go with the good ones)
The Club Car I had (48V) would go 20+ miles on a charge.
Gas carts have their place but for just cruising the neighborhood I'd go electric without hesitation.
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We just ordered a Icon I40L. I have been researching over the last few months. I went with electric since the new city ordnance allows you to use them on most of the 25mph and under streets here as long as they are registered and electric. For the money and options, the Icon could not be beat. The price of the new one was the same as a refurbished EzGo or ClubCar. I like the independent front suspension, four wheel disc brakes, Digital Speedometer. Also has the Toyota 350Amp motor. When we test drove it, it easily reached 27mph, just ran out of road. Estimated it will get 30-50 Miles per charge. The Icon is also street ready with blinkers, horn, brake lights, mirrors etc.

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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.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Between home and the farm currently have 4. 2 gas, 2 electric. Like gas hands down better than electric. Literally put gas in them and change the oil/filter once a year. I personally don't care for lifts at all, but there is a lot of benifit to DOT tires vs regular golf course turf tires if you are primarily operating on pavement.

Personally think the ideal setup for average use is a standard gas cart with following mods:
  • 1/2 fold windshield
  • full width rear view mirror
  • "flip flop" back seat (folds down to a flat bed which is handy for yardwork, etc.)
  • high capacity rear springs (keeps it from sagging with people on back seat)
  • lights as needed.
Brand wise, Club Car is my favorite. Unless its being used in coastal environments get whatever you can get a good deal on between Club Car/EZ Go/Yamaha. If using at the coast, I like the aluminum frame of the club cars.
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 .
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We have an electric Yamaha, a 2010 , a couple neighbors have new Lithium battery carts, very impressive,
I'm considering going that route. More range with a full charge and much faster charge times, no water to check .
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We have an electric LSV(Low speed vehicle) that is street legal and has a license plate. It was a cheap off brand, but this is the third year we have used it and haven't had a lick of trouble. I park my truck when we get to the island and drive the golf cart everywhere. I even use it to tow/launch my jet ski. I got rid of my gas golf cart and am much happier with the electric.
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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 .
Pretty sure that's a Fripp thing. Lake neighbor has a place there and had to add to his. Fine in the neighborhood in Chapin without. Or at least nobody cares.
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So when we moved into our house 2 years ago the previous owner sold it to us with a golf cart, which has been great because we have a communal beach for our little hood that has goflcart parking only.

Our cart is an EZGO. It is one of the oldest in the neighborhood and in need of some maintenance, but its 27 years old and runs our family to the beach almost daily. Pretty impressive little thing if you ask me. .
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Another vote for an icon. We have an I60L. My co worker has over 3000 miles on his with no issues in 2 years, only a new set of tires.

they come standard with all the things mentioned above and with toyota controllers.

also- it’s surprisingly fast- I’ve seen 31mph with just myself and the 4 year old.
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Starting to look into getting a golf cart. Looking for overall opinions of what others have. I know this is kind of like saying, "I'm thinking about getting a car, which one is best". We live in a neighborhood that we can drive them on the street, some hills, nothing crazy. Will never really leave the pavement. I'm not sure if most would recommend gas or electric?? My thought is with gas...put fuel in it, service it, change the oil, etc it will last for years. With electric, the battery is going to fade over time and eventually be a very expensive replacement. Just looking for some general thoughts.
Right now I own 4 carts. 1 is a Yammie gas cart. Other 3 are electric ClubCars. Two of those CCs are jacked up "redneck atv carts" that we use for hunting on my swamp farm. (WIsh I could use gas but we ride through the woods on my 5 mile trails and might be within 50 or less yards of deer so silence is a MUST!) I bought the gas yammie well over 10yrs ago when my then pre-teen kids started driving my elec carts allover the neighborhood to visit and run with their buds. I quickly grew sick and tired of the phone ringing and to hear, "Dad come pick me up at so & so's house because the elec cart ran down!" For driving around at the neighborhood/lake home/retirement community etc GO GAS!!! No reason to use electric because you ARE limited on mileage, power and cargo carrying abilities with such!

Yammie even has a new "nearly silent" fuel injected gas cart that would be my first pick if I were running carts in the neighboorhood anymore. My 3 kids are all 21+ now and in college, so my Yammie gasser lives at the farm now and basically lives the life of a "non ATV side-by-side". I'm probably about to have it lifted, HD clutch installed and larger atv tires installed on it just so it's more useful and practical in it's new environs.

Elecs are fine for use on an actual golf course and a few select uses (like I mentioned about my heavily modified carts for hunting) but otherwise, they are useless for heavier duty use and longer distance travel. Some carts are so powerful these days they can pull and launch jetskis and smaller boats!

Local shop I use (he built one of my lifted, 4x4 elec hunters) he built this "drag cart" several years back. 1000cc Yammie sport bike engine, air shifter trans, pulls the front wheels & goes INSANELY fast!



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Interesting on the ICON, ill look into it. I had a club car electric, and went to a limo gas ezgo. I really really really like the limo. Kids prefer riding sitting forward. I’m not a huge fan of the gas. To me it is excessively loud, and drones on long trips. I would happily trade for a lithium lifted ezgo limo. Problem is they are tough to get right now. My dealer tells me august.

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Originally Posted by ncmallard78 View Post
Interesting on the ICON, ill look into it. I had a club car electric, and went to a limo gas ezgo. I really really really like the limo. Kids prefer riding sitting forward. I’m not a huge fan of the gas. To me it is excessively loud, and drones on long trips. I would happily trade for a lithium lifted ezgo limo. Problem is they are tough to get right now. My dealer tells me august.
we couldn’t be happier with the icon. We’ve gone about 15 miles as the furthest trip so far and it was still at 70% so range isn’t really an issue. We have the 6 seater so our family can of 4 can sit facing forward and we will have the back for extra things with the seat folded flat most of the time.
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Club Car is my favorite - ease of use and lotsa accessories out there -
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Cub car 48 volt, Raised roof in the back for the people on the back seat. I actually prefer the non-lifted but cool rims and low profile tires. Get a cool bluetooth speaker, also you can consider led lights underneath. Also consider a rack for the front, where are you going to put the cooler etc. Stronger springs in the back because a lot of weight will push it down.

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