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Old 08-07-2018, 05:26 PM   #1
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Gas or electric

Hey folks what are your thoughts on a golf cart gas or electric, which I s better and why?
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Old 08-07-2018, 05:39 PM   #2
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Depends on your needs, with that said gas is pretty much bulletproof, fill with gas and go, easy to pull steep inclines, they tend to cost more new and on the resale market. Gas engines do need tuning, air filter, etc. but for recreation use this should be years apart.

Electric is very quiet, with a few easy mods you can get more torque or speed.Must charge batteries, keep water levels up, keep battery cables clean. And at some point new batteries which can be $500 or more depending on voltages, how many, brand etc.

Many rv parks, national parks require carts to be electric. So do many beach areas.

I have had both, my oldest son headed up a golf cart business selling a couple thousand units a year. He and I loved gas hands down, I kept my electric due to noise restrictions.

Side note; he sold Ezgo and Clubcar, Clubcar uses an aluminum frame which is a plus and the conversions are easier.

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Old 08-07-2018, 06:48 PM   #3
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Electric is quieter.


That way others don't have to put up with the putt-putt noise ...just have to put up with the traffic.


Ugh....don't like golf carts
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:49 PM   #4
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If you use maintenance free batteries then you need to spend a thousand dollars every 5 years or so. That is about it. You do not have to check the oil or change the air filter or fuel filter. No spark plug maintenance. Oil change or add gas. Just plug it in at the end of the day and good to go.
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Old 08-07-2018, 06:58 PM   #5
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Gas or electric

I've owned both. If you use it regularly or go longer distances , gas is the better option. For infrequent use and shorter distance, electric is the better option. Gas is initially more expensive but the cost will even out over time when you change those batteries.
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I know a guy that invested in a gas golf cart last year, this year the lake front RV park where they spend almost every weekend in the summer banned gas carts, now they allow only electric.
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I hate golf carts but if you must, go electric
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I hate golf carts but if you must, go electric
Ouch Don, what did a golf cart ever do to you. How else would us old folks get to Bingo and the pool?
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We have a Yamaha gas cart. I bypassed the governor and replaced the stock clutch and we cruise everywhere in town around 30 MPH. I have never done anything else to it in the last 7 years other than gas and oil changes. We just can't kill it. I do feel most parks require electric for noise considerations so I guess it really depends what the OP is looking to do with the cart.
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We have had both plus a GEM car. Our EZGO is very quiet with the back up alarm being the noisiest part of it. Gas is the way to go and I will never be in an all electric golf cart park. They will probably dictate your underwear next. If you had carts without mufflers then crack down on the offenders. Where we have the golf cart they are about 1/2 electric and gas with most of the folks with electrics having battery issues way more often than any issues come up with the gas carts. My two cents worth due to the battery change cost, just not worth it and you are really limited if you want to use the heck out of it on a busy weekend. You will always be low on battery if the grandkids all want to drive it.
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M SIL used to work maintenance at a large golf resort nearby, his job was to maintain the carts. He said he never had to work on the electric carts, only kept them fully-charged and replaced batteries; but he was always working on the gas engine carts changing oil, air filter, cleaning carb, etc. He said if I bought a gas cart, don't call him to repair the thing.
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Used market on electric cars shows their true value, get a gas if you care about your investment
Want a cheap old cart go electric and have money for new batteries
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