Club Car DS Golf Cart Review

    Club Car DS Golf Cart Review

    Key Highlights

    price

    Starting at $389

    power

    Electric, Gas

    speed

    15 mph

    condition

    Used, Refurbished

    Club Car DS Review

    The Club Car DS was released back in 1984 and discontinued production in 2011. It was designed to be a Fleet Golf Cart for Golf Courses. The intention of manufacturing the Golf Cart for such a long extended period of time is to cut down on costs and limit overall variety. This is perfect for the low cost needs required for lease plans for Golf Courses. It is also good to note that the DS uses an aluminum frame which makes it good for coastal regions and high humidity areas in terms of being rust proof.

    Now, how does this affect a consumer’s decision to purchase it for their own personal uses? Well, on the plus side, the Golf Cart has been around for so long that it makes it easy to buy parts and accessories for it. In addition, they make both a gas and electric version of the vehicle. On the downside, it was designed as a one size fits all platform. For the average individual, the vehicle will fit fine with basic seats. However, if you are a taller or smaller individual, then you will find yourself in a seat that does not adjust with pedals that are in a basic position. Remember, this vehicle was not designed to be ergonomic.

    In terms of safety, the DS line has basic stopping power with rear mechanical brakes. Besides brakes, a standard DS would not include headlights, brake lights and a horn. All of those would be add ons since golf courses typically do not need safety features. This also means the vehicle would not have seat belts either. So, it is good to recognize if it does have seat belts that they are properly installed to keep you safe while driving. Since the frame is made out of aluminum, it has very little to keep you protected in the event of an accident. Not only that, but the struts that attach to the roof structure are minimal in their safety. Feel free to shake the vehicle to get a feel for what we mean. These are important notes to consider if you intend to drive with your family in the vehicle.

    The performance of the Club Car DS is basic. It utilizes a DC drive system which has been around forever. It is a 250 AMP controller which is good for basic golf course use, however if you are looking for faster acceleration, the ability to carry four people, or drive up and down a lot of hills, then look elsewhere or consider the gas version at least. All in all though, the manufacturer only intended for this vehicle to go 19 MPH. If it goes faster, then make sure you understand the wear and tear a faster Golf Cart can have on your routine maintenance and repairs.

    Overall, the Club Car DS line is a great vehicle for those getting used to Golf Carts. They are easy to find and readily available at a variety of price points. If buying electric, then we recommend purchasing with brand new batteries or at least with batteries that are less than a year old.

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    Specifications

      Gas Electric
    BODY ArmorFlex® ArmorFlex®
    FRAME Twin I-Beam welded aluminum Twin I-Beam welded aluminum

     

      Gas Electric
    POWER SOURCE 4-cycle OHV, 286 cc, 9.5 maximum hp @ 3600 RPM (per SAE J 1940/1349), single-cylinder, air-cooled, with pressure lubrication system Direct drive, 48 volts DC, shunt-wound, 3.2 hp
    HORESPOWER (KW) 9.5 hp 3.2 hp
    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE) One 12v High capacity, deep cycle
    FUEL CAPACITY 7 gallons (26.5 L) -
      Gas Electric
    SEATING CAPACITY 2-Person 2-Person
    SPEED 12-15 mph (19.3 - 24.1 km/h) 12-15 mph (19-24 km/h)
    STEERING Self-adjusting rack and pinion Self-adjusting rack and pinion
    SUSPENSION Front and rear tapered mono-leaf springs with dual hydraulic shocks Front and rear tapered mono-leaf springs with dual hydraulic shocks
    BRAKES Dual rear wheel self-adjusting brakes with cast iron drums and single brake pedal with automatic-release park brake Dual rear wheel self-adjusting brakes with cast iron drums and single brake pedal with automatic-release park brake

    Specifications

    FRAME

    Gas

    Twin I-Beam welded aluminum

    Electric

    Twin I-Beam welded aluminum

    BODY

    Gas

    ArmorFlex®

    Electric

    ArmorFlex®

    POWER SOURCE

    Gas

    4-cycle OHV, 286 cc, 9.5 maximum hp @ 3600 RPM (per SAE J 1940/1349), single-cylinder, air-cooled, with pressure lubrication system

    Electric

    Direct drive, 48 volts DC, shunt-wound, 3.2 hp

    HORSEPOWER (KW)

    Gas

    9.5 hp

    Electric

    3.2 hp

    BATTERY (QTY/TYPE)

    Gas

    One 12v

    Electric

    High capacity, deep cycle

    FUEL CAPACITY

    Gas

    7 gallons (26.5 L)

    Electric

    N/A

    SEATING CAPACITY

    Gas

    2-Person

    Electric

    2-Person

    SPEED

    Gas

    12-15 mph (19-24 km/h)

    Electric

    12-15 mph (19-24 km/h)

    STEERING

    Gas

    Self-adjusting rack and pinion

    Electric

    Self-adjusting rack and pinion

    SUSPENSION

    Gas

    Front and rear tapered mono-leaf springs with dual hydraulic shocks

    Electric

    Front and rear tapered mono-leaf springs with dual hydraulic shocks

    BRAKES

    Gas

    Dual rear wheel self-adjusting brakes with cast iron drums and single brake pedal with automatic-release park brake

    Electric

    Dual rear wheel self-adjusting brakes with cast iron drums and single brake pedal with automatic-release park brake

    *These specifications are based on the 2011 Model Year. Older DS models may not have these specifications.

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    SAFETY8.7
    COMFORT8.2
    RELIABILITY9.2
    PERFORMANCE8.5
    VALUE9.2
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    author- Caleb Amundson
    Caleb Amundson is a professional in the Golf Cart Industry with 8+ years experience and has held positions in a Golf Cart Dealership such as a Service Tech, Sales Manager, and General Manager. In addition, he has also worked as a Regional Sales Manager for an OEM in the Golf Cart Industry.