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APVincent
07-28-2010, 03:57 PM
Looking to purchase a golf cart...mainly for recreational use around the neighborhood and for the kids, but I'll use it when I play as well. Looking for any advise people can offer on their opinions of which is better; gas or electric carts.

Pturner
07-28-2010, 04:17 PM
APV,
You'll probably get a lot of different opinions. I think the biggest advantage of electrics are they are quiet and don't smell. Disadvantages are, they may slow on hills, must charge nightly and keep batteries watered, you could run out of charge if you drive long distances.

Gas cart disadvantages are noise and smell. Advantages are they go hundreds of miles on a tank of gas, keep their speed on hills and are low maintenance.

We have gas mainly for peace of mind in not running out of charge. We live on north end, can go to south end to play golf, play 18 holes, go to town square, make other stops on the way home and never worry about battery dieing. When third town square area is built, there will be even more ground to cover.

Please be careful with a child in the cart. Drivers here are not always the greatest. I would not let a child drive the cart!

Hope this is helpful.

ajbrown
07-28-2010, 04:23 PM
I would go to the forum "All About Golf carts and things" and scan through the subjects. You will find lots of opinions on this subject and some other stuff like buying a cart new and used....


Here is a good example:

http://talkofthevillages.com/forums/showthread.php?t=21633

Shimpy
07-28-2010, 04:39 PM
I tried both and weighed +'s and -'s and settled on gas. It's not THAT noisy and I feel much better knowing I don't need to charge it or replace batteries in 4 or 5 years. As far as smell I don't notice it.

l2ridehd
07-28-2010, 04:45 PM
Also read the posts about kids driving carts. Golf carts are not a toy. They will go 20+mph. People have been seriously hurt and even killed using a golf cart. 14 is the legal age with an adult in the cart, but even then it can be dangerous. They last thing you ever want to deal with is a grandchild being seriously injured because you let them drive your cart. It is something that would haunt you the rest of your life.

Pats2010
07-28-2010, 04:51 PM
I wonder how accurate that poll really is. The poll has the electric at over 2 to 1. When I was down there last December, the cart salesman said he sells many more gas carts then electric.

Maybe alot of gas cart owners do not post here at TOTV?

When I get down there I will definitely purchase a gas powered golf cart.

bkcunningham1
07-28-2010, 05:24 PM
We planned on buying a gas cart. Then we planned on buying a custom cart from the shop in TV. Then when you look at them, your head spins with so much information about this brand and that brand and gas and electric...Then you test drive and some have more get up and go than others (both gas and electric). Then we were told about leaving a gas cart for too long and how some thinga ma jig turns to lacquer. Water in the batteries...two or four seater...

To make a long story short, we were so sick of being without a cart, we found an awesome deal on a used electric that suits us perfectly. We leave it plugged in to the charger even we are gone. It's an automatic charger. When we leave we fill the battery and plug it in. Easy peezie. My husband still wants the custom cart, but that can come later.

Shimpy
07-29-2010, 12:14 PM
I wonder how accurate that poll really is. The poll has the electric at over 2 to 1. When I was down there last December, the cart salesman said he sells many more gas carts then electric.

Maybe alot of gas cart owners do not post here at TOTV?

When I get down there I will definitely purchase a gas powered golf cart.

The cart salesmen at Yamaha will tell you that because they are the biggest sellers of gas. Some dealers don't even offer gas. Yamaha told me that they sell 80% gas, and gas cost less than the same cart in electric so they wern't trying to get a bigger sale pushing gas.

colleenj
07-29-2010, 01:03 PM
I have a gas cart, mainly for peace of mind. I don't have to worry about running out of a charge- I live in the far northern part and like to be able to travel around without worrying. It depends on where you live and how you plan to use it.
I too echo the words of others in cautioning you abouting letting kids drive it. Not only can it be dangerous but if you let someone underage drive it and something happens, chances are your insurance won't cover it (you let someone illegally drive it) and you'd be responsible for damages/injuries out of your own pocket.

BBQMan
07-29-2010, 07:37 PM
Iíve had both first an electric car and later a gas cart. I liked the silence of the electric and the hill climbing capability of the gas cart. After looking at the situation and how and where I wanted to drive my cart, I settled on an LSV (street legal cart). By law these are electric.

The new batteries available on the LSVs eliminate, to all intents and purposes, the problems of range and hill climbing. I maintain speeds equal to or faster than the gas carts going up hill and 5mph faster on the downhill and level ground. Like Colleen, I live in the far north part of the Villages, so range is important to me. I have still not determined the maximum range of the Tomberlin, but find the advertised range of 30 miles very realistic. I looked at both Par Car and Tomberlin and settled on Tomberlin. I did not consider GEM. The LSV allows me to cross 441, Rolling Hills Road, the traffic circle outside of Chathan, and even cross over to Home Depot. They allow you to ride on roads with posted speed limits of 35mph or less. I watch people do this, but have no desire to be, on Buena Vista or El Camino Real with cars and trucks going 45mph or faster. Some people do it, but I do not have a death wish.

The downside to these is the need to remember recharge at the end of the day and to check water levels in the batteries. The new auto-fill system has taken all the work out of checking water levels and filling the batteries to the right levels. For me this is a better choice than either the standard gas or electric cart.

APVincent
08-04-2010, 01:19 PM
Thanks for all the feedback. Seems like the gas gets more votes than the electric! And what I meant about the kids is just taking them for rides :) Seems they get a kick out of it and it'll help me get around better. Thanks again everyone!

Tom Hannon
08-05-2010, 03:21 PM
Speaking of golf carts, I will be looking to purchase one shortly. Not sure if I'd choose gas or electric, but will most likely buy a used one. Any estimate on the cost of a decent used cart? I'd like to keep my first purchase under 5 grand. Will that be doable? Thanks

golfnut
08-05-2010, 04:49 PM
under 5 definitely doable....gn

graciegirl
08-05-2010, 04:51 PM
We bought a used one from an individual two years ago. A four seater, gas, and it has been a great buy. Was under five thousand for sure.

My husband is motor savvy. I would be lost without his knowledge. All I know about motor driven devices you could comfortably put in your eye.

Pturner
08-05-2010, 09:30 PM
Speaking of golf carts, I will be looking to purchase one shortly. Not sure if I'd choose gas or electric, but will most likely buy a used one. Any estimate on the cost of a decent used cart? I'd like to keep my first purchase under 5 grand. Will that be doable? Thanks

Hi Tom,
I see you are a new poster. :welcome: Are you also new in TV? If so, double welcome!

We bought a used Yamaha gas cart for under $5000 from Carts and Clubs in Ocala. Might want to check them out.

Agree, it's very doable.

elevatorman
08-06-2010, 11:53 AM
If you go gas Yamaha is a great cart. Cons--The guy behind you will notice a smell, and they are loud you have to pull over to talk on a cell phone, and you have to go to the gas station to get gas. If you go electric drive an EZ-GO RXV, it does not slow going up hills. I have driven mine from Duval to the Lopez area and played 9 exec holes, then into Spanish Springs for dinner and back to Duval, still had a good charge. Cons-- you have to plug it in at night and check the water level in the batteries once a month and change the batteries every 5 or 6 years ($600). Bottom line they are both good, make sure you drive both and compare price then decide which is best for you.:024:

golfnut
08-06-2010, 01:27 PM
i check the level in my batteries every 2 weeks....gn

ThomasMelovitz
08-07-2010, 12:06 PM
Looking to purchase a golf cart...mainly for recreational use around the neighborhood and for the kids, but I'll use it when I play as well. Looking for any advise people can offer on their opinions of which is better; gas or electric carts.

I have been here for two years now and the longer I am here the more I can say with confidence gas is the way to go. Initially I wanted a electric cart, quiet, no fueling just plug it in. But on our life style tour I did a lot of driving in the free cart. From Sumter to Spanish springs, to colony then getting lost three times in between. I then realized if it were an electric one, I would have had the low battery light flashing and I would be worrying. I have extensive background in electric vehicles and there designs. In the cold weather a battery cart will have severely reduced range. The battery's get cold and they cannot perform. Age and proper charging impact distance performance. May of golfers have told me "they just had the three year old battery's changed for free boy was I lucky" ??? How so, a gas cart will run here at The Villages for 15 to 20 years before any major work is needed. I fill my tank once a month tune it up once a year and I can go all day and not worry. I live in Hemingway, last summer I only had my cart here for transportation I went to Lowes three times in one day. I know it is an extreme example but I never had to worry about dying on the road.

iandwk
08-10-2010, 05:31 PM
We bought a gas one for our primary cart. We bought an older model electric Yamaha from Jim Followell. He has a good rep in TV. I think he buys a lot of the trade-ins and fixes them up and rents some out and sells some. My wife loves the electric cart. We have gone about anywhere one can go on it and it still has plenty of charge left because the batteries are new.I don't know how it will do 3 or 4 years from now.

billcolley
08-16-2010, 12:29 PM
I closed on my place in Hemingway this last Thanksgiving. We had a gas cart with the LSPP and while we were here waiting to close and living at the motel we had an electric rental then a gas rental. We really enjoyed the quite of the electric. It was very nice being able to talk to the person sitting next to you with out yelling while driving around TV. The other thing we enjoyed was the smell of fresh air from the electric cart.
After closing I bought a used electric golf cart and was never happier. I live as far south as you can go and still be in TV. I can drive to the northern most golf courses and play 18 holes of golf, stop off at LSL on the way home for a little fun and still get home in the dark with out a problem. Any time I am home I just plug the cart in for a charge.
I think this cart had been modified by somebody, because I was always able to pass most other carts on the path ways. This is all with old batteries and worn tires and being the coldest winter in Florida.
I know when I get back down this year I might be looking at new tires and maybe some batteries.
I bought it for $3000, so I think I got a good deal.

Lou Card
08-16-2010, 03:05 PM
Electric. You can get a conservative 45 miles on a charge. Some swear to getting 55 miles. The low end is enough to go from the bottom of brownwood to the very top of Spanish Springs and then back for less than half a charge. Or another way to look at it is you can go wide open at full power on an electric cart for 2 and 1/2 hours. Either way, Unless you plan on becoming a pizza delivery person on your cart, save your lungs and ears and go with the electric cart. I have used both and highly recommend Electric.

APVincent
08-19-2010, 04:33 PM
ThomasMelovitz thanks for your feedback. I'm starting to lean towards the gas option now.

Flying Dutchman
08-20-2010, 03:44 AM
My late wife had very bad COPD. For her and the many Villagers who have or develop breathing problems the gas cart is an absolute torture. I made sure my electric had enough ooomph to pass the gas polluters whenever we were behind them. Only problem was her trying to breathe when we were stuck behind them going through the tunnels. I easily go from SS to say Havana, play 18 and return on half a charge. I know California banned the gas carts on pollution grounds a couple years ago and can't wait until we can do the same in Florida.

Dan =^..^=
08-20-2010, 06:49 AM
I have been back and forth in my mind so many times on this "gas vs. electric" debate that I have lost count. I have finally, for the last time, made up my mind... again!

The winner: Electric (for now) :undecided:

Army Guy
08-20-2010, 07:39 AM
I find it really funny, I have had a gas yamaha for over a year now, and we drive it A LOT. I still have never smelled it or thought it loud, and we even had a radio installed in our cart and hear it perfectly fine.
Then again, it could be all those hours around tanks!

Army Guy

Flying Dutchman
08-20-2010, 10:15 AM
Army Guy, the closest equivalent I can think of is how smokers never notice smokers but for us non-smokers......OMG!

I don't mean to pick on you in any way even if you were Army and I was AF Heck I used to fly in a tank AKA a Herky Bird C130. LOL While I never liked the gas smell, it was the breathing problems it caused my poor wife that would tick me off. Then of course there was the damage to the environment in a time when we are looking for ways to go electric and reduce our dependance on the turbaned ones! One of these days I am going to put a cartoon on the back of my cart that shows a smiling raghead holding a big BP banner as he drives off in his gas cart with lots of noxious fumes spilling out the back! Maybe I'll even add some oil-blackened clumps rolling up on the beach behind him for a "deadly" backdrop.

aljetmet
08-20-2010, 10:32 AM
Electric. You can get a conservative 45 miles on a charge. Some swear to getting 55 miles. The low end is enough to go from the bottom of brownwood to the very top of Spanish Springs and then back for less than half a charge. Or another way to look at it is you can go wide open at full power on an electric cart for 2 and 1/2 hours. Either way, Unless you plan on becoming a pizza delivery person on your cart, save your lungs and ears and go with the electric cart. I have used both and highly recommend Electric.

Sounds good to me. I think to be street legal you need electric right?

But, I want to relive my youth and if I sell my Good Humor ice cream, no one will hear me in an electric cart. If I have nice noisy gas cart, I'm sure to arouse some hungry customers. Now you gave me an idea. Sell pizza then ice cream for dessert. All in one. Maybe I'll have a tandem of carts....Notice my Good Humor....:jester:

mrdills
08-20-2010, 10:34 AM
Very well said Loucard................... I agree with you. I just wonder how many people would go to dinner with a smoker next to them, just a thought !

Army Guy
08-20-2010, 11:31 AM
Army Guy, the closest equivalent I can think of is how smokers never notice smokers but for us non-smokers......OMG!

I don't mean to pick on you in any way even if you were Army and I was AF Heck I used to fly in a tank AKA a Herky Bird C130. LOL While I never liked the gas smell, it was the breathing problems it caused my poor wife that would tick me off. Then of course there was the damage to the environment in a time when we are looking for ways to go electric and reduce our dependance on the turbaned ones! One of these days I am going to put a cartoon on the back of my cart that shows a smiling raghead holding a big BP banner as he drives off in his gas cart with lots of noxious fumes spilling out the back! Maybe I'll even add some oil-blackened clumps rolling up on the beach behind him for a "deadly" backdrop.

Not a problem, I know it is all in good fun! Have 30+ years in the Army. That is awesome, I have many hours as a "passenger" on C130s.
But remember now, that even though the cart is electric, the power has to come from somewhere to charge it!

Army Guy

debzaranti
08-20-2010, 03:20 PM
I've driven gas carts and absolutely HATE them! I have asthma and they choke me...particularly when I'm unfortunate enough to get behind one going through a tunnel. Even the one I'm driving makes it hard for me to breathe because of the fumes. They are VERY loud and don't drive smoothly...they kind of stutter until you get up to cruising speed. Might as well be driving around on a riding lawn mower!

My hubby and I went back and forth on the issue of "running out of charge" with our electric...he thought gas would be better because you can SEE how much gas you have in the tank. Once he drove a few gas carts (new ones), he decided he liked our electric much better as well. We ended up having our old electric cart re-manufactured! Looks like a brand new cart and cost a whole lot less than the new ones we were looking at.

To offset the issue of running out of charge, there is a company right here in TV called **** Aid...it's like AAA for golf carts. We paid $50 for two years coverage. They sent us a sticker for our windshield with their 24/7 phone number. If we are out and about and run out of charge, have a flat, have an accident (God forbid), or have any other issues, we call, they come with the little cart flatbed and pick us and our cart up and take us home. No limit on the number of times you can call. Now I don't worry about running out of charge. (I never have..so far...BTW).

I like "being green" and driving an electric cart instead of a polluting gas cart. I don't notice the "cost" of charging the cart on our electric bill. Running the A/C all summer (5 to 6 mos. 24/7) and charging the cart and using the clothes dryer, lights, etc. our electric bill down here is still less than half what it was up north!

Some people love their gas carts. My husband and I love our electric. It's a very personal preference. Drive several of both types to make up your mind.

P.S. for some reason the website is blocking the name of the company I mentioned. First word is cart with a K.

Vinny
08-20-2010, 11:10 PM
Well it all depends. I have electric and I charge once a week. I have the watering kit installed on my batteries so watering them once a month is very easy. I do not golf so my car is only used on local trips. For longer distances I see no reason to use a cart when I have a new air conditioned car. The small amount of extra gas I use is not significant enough to be a factor in my decission. I have been in both and I like the electric because it is quiet and does not smell. I really dislike the smell of gasoline. If I were not able to drive a car safely and had frequent need to use my cart every day for longer trips, I would consider a gas cart but that does not mean I would like it. :)

Barefoot
08-21-2010, 11:04 AM
Another vote for electric. 60 mile range, no gas fumes and noise to bother other peeps. A watering kit makes filling the batteries easy peasy!

Tony, how come we don't have a smilie for a golf cart?

Yoda
08-21-2010, 03:29 PM
OK, here is the straight poop. If you will have only one golf cart and plan to be a serious user, nothing but gas will do. If you will have 2 make one electric if you wish. If you will have only one and dint plan to use it a whole lot then I guess an electric will do. This is logic from the experts.

Yoda