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Unread 12-17-2014, 08:18 PM   #1
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I know this may be a little biased here but I sold my electric cart and I am looking to get a new project cart. I will be lifting and such for hunting and riding dirt roads so I have decided I need a gas cart. I like a good project so new is out of the question but I have found the following two carts on craigslist both within $100 of $1500. I would like to know if I should be leaning one way or the other on these and what should I know before hand. I do not have all the details on these carts because I will be checking them out Saturday so most of this information is what I gathered on the phone from the sellers. Thanks.

Cart 1. 1996 Club Car DS stock, new carb fuel lines and tune up. good condition and the pictures agree. also has a recent tune up.

Cart 2. 2003 Yamaha G22. has a utility bed but otherwise stock, new generator, tune up but it smokes. Owner said he bought it and it had been sitting up at a horse plantation where it was used around the farm. He cleaned out the gas tank and changed the oil and it still smokes. Says it really takes off when you mash the gas. He claims it is smoking pretty good with thick white smoke. makes me believe it could be as simple as to much gas getting through the carb. it seems to be a little rougher around the edges but as a project I am fine with that.

If you have any advice let me know. I know it is hard to tell without test driving them but any information would be great. Thanks
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Unread 12-17-2014, 10:07 PM   #2
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Ok, I am a died in the wool Yamaha fan. I'd take the 22 over anything!! I think they have the best suspensions, I know they have the best motors, But the best part about Yamaha's is they have the fewest parts!!



And they run for ever with out breaking. Mine's going on 6 yrs now, and well over 6000 mi. with out really ever being touched with a tool!! Tho I did have to replace bushings in clutches that were new when I built it in 2009!!
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Unread 12-18-2014, 06:45 AM   #3
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bought a Yamaha brand new in 1985,was running strong until last week time for a rebuild,only put in a $12.00 seals since new and a few batteries that's it can go wrong
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Unread 12-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #4
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Yamaha in my opinion is a tank. Every single Yamaha I've had, if its a golf cart, ATV, etc. never quits. You could drive that G22 for years to come, but the C.C., you'll probably sell by next season. The G22 is worth fixing!
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Unread 12-18-2014, 04:46 PM   #5
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I know this may be a little biased here but I sold my electric cart and I am looking to get a new project cart. I will be lifting and such for hunting and riding dirt roads so I have decided I need a gas cart. I like a good project so new is out of the question but I have found the following two carts on craigslist both within $100 of $1500. I would like to know if I should be leaning one way or the other on these and what should I know before hand. I do not have all the details on these carts because I will be checking them out Saturday so most of this information is what I gathered on the phone from the sellers. Thanks.

Cart 1. 1996 Club Car DS stock, new carb fuel lines and tune up. good condition and the pictures agree. also has a recent tune up.

Cart 2. 2003 Yamaha G22. has a utility bed but otherwise stock, new generator, tune up but it smokes. Owner said he bought it and it had been sitting up at a horse plantation where it was used around the farm. He cleaned out the gas tank and changed the oil and it still smokes. Says it really takes off when you mash the gas. He claims it is smoking pretty good with thick white smoke. makes me believe it could be as simple as to much gas getting through the carb. it seems to be a little rougher around the edges but as a project I am fine with that.

If you have any advice let me know. I know it is hard to tell without test driving them but any information would be great. Thanks
I would buy whichever is in the best condition, and that sounds like the Club Car. The Yamaha is smoking, which is from worn rings. If it was too much fuel it would run terrible and have blackish smoke. White smoke is oil burning. It also could be a worn valve seal/guide.

I like the Yamaha's myself, but I don't think I would buy one that's blowing smoke unless I was getting a deal and was prepared to open the engine up.
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Unread 12-18-2014, 07:27 PM   #6
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Yamaha and big block it.
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Unread 12-18-2014, 07:51 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input. I will be going to look at the carts this Saturday. I am actually leaning towards the Yamaha due to the fact that it is newer and I believe with a $150 ring and piston kit it should run like new. I like the looks of it as well.
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Unread 12-18-2014, 08:02 PM   #8
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The utility bed is nice....
that sold me on my cart.
maybe you can talk them down on the yamaha with the oil issue
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