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Unread 01-22-2010, 11:26 PM   #1
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returning to the forum after a long time off while installing a new engine in my 01 EZGO TXT. Unfortunately the cart burst into flames on first start and nearly burned my house down. $30,000 later damage is still being repaired.


So I am back to try again and looking for advice on the best cart. I have been looking at electric Precedents and finding pricing around $2000 for 2004 to 2006; however, having read some of the posts here it sounds like this model may be one to avoid. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 09:13 AM   #2
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First remember that the Precedent is a complete new unit for Club Car and they may still be working out the bugs? I just spent a hour in a local Club Car dealers shop and in talking with mechanics found that the ( Precedents are not what I would want ) for a cart electric or gasser ( at least at this time ). I first noticed that there was a open packing box of DC motors and found out that most of the used ones came from Precedent models? When I asked the only thing said was they were being returned to factory? When I asked about gas models the one mechanic said they have linkage and wiring problems on earlier models, but it was too soon to tell on later models yet? I also noticed a large pile of 12 volt batterys that I assume came from later models as they are only ones using 12 volts?
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Unread 01-23-2010, 10:21 AM   #3
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returning to the forum after a long time off while installing a new engine in my 01 EZGO TXT. Unfortunately the cart burst into flames on first start and nearly burned my house down. $30,000 later damage is still being repaired.
Sounds like you should not be working on anything mechanical or electrical.

All depends on what you want out of it. If a stock electric cart is what you want, it is hard to beat an EZ-GO PDS models, or if you have the cash an RXV. If you are looking at an electric conversion then you cannot beat an EZ-GO TXT with Series wound motors as parts and accessories are plentiful, and not too expensive.

For me it was a conversion. So I took my time and found a good 2004 TXT that was a golf course lease someone had bought from the agent, but did not change the batteries out. The body was in great shape, no rust in the frame, steering was still tight, decent breaks, fair tires, and shot battery. I picked it up for $1600 cash he was asking $2200. So $600 in batteries (6 T-875 48 volt) $175 in tires, and about $900 for motor, controller, solenoid, switch and I had a new cart that will outrun everyone in my area.
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Unread 01-23-2010, 11:38 AM   #4
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Where are you located ???
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Unread 01-23-2010, 09:26 PM   #5
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First remember that the Precedent is a complete new unit for Club Car and they may still be working out the bugs? I just spent a hour in a local Club Car dealers shop and in talking with mechanics found that the ( Precedents are not what I would want ) for a cart electric or gasser ( at least at this time ). I first noticed that there was a open packing box of DC motors and found out that most of the used ones came from Precedent models? When I asked the only thing said was they were being returned to factory? When I asked about gas models the one mechanic said they have linkage and wiring problems on earlier models, but it was too soon to tell on later models yet? I also noticed a large pile of 12 volt batterys that I assume came from later models as they are only ones using 12 volts?
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Thanks OLD MEC you are confirming what my research is turning up, Precedents especially 2004 have many problems. Much as you did I spent half a day at the CC dealer and they were very negative about 04 and 05 units but were really pushing 2006 with 08 batteries. They had all 3 in stock but won't even warrant the 04 or 05. I don't think it was salesmanship, but who knows. They did tell me the DS model has been around a long time but the newer years have 4 12 volt batts and same electronics as Precedent. Seems like the suspension is better on DS but otherwise???????????
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Unread 01-23-2010, 10:10 PM   #7
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[QUOTE=sunking;346149]
Sounds like you should not be working on anything mechanical or electrical.

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Yes sunking it does make me pause but I'm confident this wasn't "human error".
It's difficult to stay out of the grease when you have 4 classic cars, two quads and a tractor to maintain.
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Unread 01-24-2010, 09:29 AM   #8
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Taj266 I never saw a DS with 12 volt batterys as factory stock but maybe toward the end they did build them that way? Most of what we see in deep south Texas are golf course left overs and they are the cheaper models?
I would avoid the many named REGEN, Sepex etc type controls as at least here near the ocean they are NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS and that seems to include ALL Precedents that I have seen? I dont have a parts list for Precedents after 2005 so have no real info and our local dealer wont talk about them only sells what he has to stock to retain his dealership as fast as possible and buys for resale all DS carts? HUMMMM
As you can see I'm a DS LOVER TO THE END?
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