How to Find Your Golf Cart’s Model Year

If you’re looking to buy parts for your Club Car, Yamaha, or E-Z-GO golf cart, you’ll need to know the make, model, and, of course, the year. The make and model are usually pretty easy to find out, but the year is a little harder.

As a bonus, if you can’t find the model name printed on the side of the golf cart, your journey of finding the year of manufacture will generally tell you the model name, too. If you’re looking to buy a used golf cart, it helps to know the year as well.

To find out the year and model of your E-Z-GO, Yamaha, or Club Car golf cart, you need to know where to look for the manufacturer code, what parts of the manufacturer code you need, and how to decode those characters into meaningful information.

This article will walk you through the process of finding out your golf cart’s model year. The only sure fire way to do it is to check the manufacturer code, but it changes a little bit depending on whether you have a Yamaha, E-Z-GO, or Club Car golf cart. After finding the manufacturer code, just compare it to a chart, and you’re golden!

For E-Z-GO and Club Car golf carts, the decoding or comparing process is very simple and intuitive. The year code just directly correlates with the year of manufacture, and you can usually get the model name from the code or code placement as well.

For Yamaha golf carts, it isn’t quite as easy, so the process for Yamaha golf carts is at the bottom. I supplied a chart for your convenience, just use the ctrl+f search function and you should find your Yamaha golf cart’s year of manufacture and model name with ease.

Finding the model year on your E-Z-GO golf cart

The interesting thing about E-Z-GO is that just finding the manufacturer code will tell you the model of the golf cart, and the year of manufacture is really easy to decode from the manufacture code.

Finding the manufacturer code

There are three possible places to find the code, but one of them is rather unlikely unless your E-Z-GO golf cart is from the 70s. If your golf cart was made anytime in the last few decades, you’ll find it in one of only two places:

  • On the rear passenger side frame for RXV models.
  • Inside the passenger side glove box for all others.

If your E-Z-GO golf cart was made in the age of disco and bell bottom jeans however, you may find it under the driver side seat on the frame for all models 1965-1975

Decode the manufacturer code!

If your E-Z-GO golf cart was made after 1979, then the year code is the last two digits of the code, but 76-78 used the first two digits of the code. Take these two digits, add 19- or 20- to the beginning, and you have your model year. If the last two digits are 02, then you have a 2002 golf cart, and so on.

Finding the model year on your Club Car golf cart

Club Car is nearly the same as E-Z-GO, but with a slightly different method of decoding the manufacturer code. The sticker placement is roughly similar, too. Also like the E-Z-GO, Club Car completely changed things in the disco era. In 1980, they drastically changed their manufacturer code system, so if your golf cart is older than 1980, you may have to a little more work.

Finding the code!

The code is most likely in the first two places listed, and if it isn’t then things get a little more difficult. To be fair, it may be difficult finding any parts for a golf cart built before Reagan was president.

  • Inside the passenger side glove box
  • Under the passenger side glove box
  • Under the driver seat on the frame for carts built up to 1980.

Once you find it, the next step is pretty simple. You’ll need the first few characters in the code, either 1 or 2 letters, and then the first 2 numbers of the code.

Decoding those characters!

The 1 or 2 letters will tell you what model you have, to find out, compare to this chart!

  • A = DS Electric
  • AA = DS Electric (48-volt)
  • AB = DS Electric (36-volt)
  • AC = DS Electric (48-volt)
  • AQ = DS Electric IQ (48-volt)
  • AG = DS Gas
  • DS = DS Power Drive (48-volt)
  • HA = DS Electric (36-volt)
  • PD = Precedent I2L Excel
  • PE = Precedent Electric 4 Passenger
  • PF = Precedent Gas
  • PG = Precedent Gas
  • PH = Precedent I2 Excel
  • PJ = Precedent I2 4 Passenger Excel
  • PR = Precedent Professional Gas
  • PQ = Precedent Electric IQ (48-volt)
  • PS = Precedent L2 Electric
  • PT = Precedent L2 Gas
  • PU = Precedent I2 Signature Excel
  • PY = Precedent Signature Gas
  • PZ = Precedent Signature Electric

The first 2 numbers are your year code. Like the E-Z-GO, they correlate directly with the year of manufacture. If your Club Car golf cart’s manufacturer code begins with A03, you have a 2003 DS Electric Club Car golf cart. Pretty simple right?

Finding the model year on your Yamaha golf cart

Of course, Yamaha wasn’t really a part of that sort of standardization of manufacturer codes. They follow closer to the Japanese model of manufacture code, which uses letter for almost everything.

This can get a little annoying, but it’s really just because it’s harder to remember. The process is still basically the same, but it’s just a little harder to decode. This article will provide you a chart to help in that.

Finding the code!

Not only is the code going to be completely different from the other two, but it will most likely be in a different place. Not that any of the places are hard to find or access, but it just goes to show how different Yamaha is. I think that’s a good thing, though. The sticker will be in one of three places.

  • Under the rear bumper on the frame
  • Under the seat where the floor board meets the motor compartment
  • Under driver side glove box

Now that you have your code, things get real interesting. You’ll need the first 4 characters of the manufacturer code to determine the year and model of your Yamaha golf cart.

Decode that code!

This process is a bit harder than with the other two brands. Like I said, I’m gonna provide a chart. It isn’t really worth memorizing unless you’re a professional mechanic, but if you’re just trying to service your own golf cart, once you figure out your year and model, you can write it down and forget this chart ever existed.

This data can be found pretty much everywhere, but for your convenience, I put it here, too. Just ctrl+f the first four characters of the code, and you should find your year and model quickly and with ease.

Electric Golf Carts / Utility Vehicles

YDRE (The DRIVE)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JW9-300101YDREL2013
JW9-200101YDREK2012.5
JW9-100101YDREK2012
JW9-000101YDREJ2011
JW2-300101YDREH2010
JW2-200101YDREG2009
JW2-100101YDREF2008
JW2-000101YDREE2007
YDREPT (The DRIVE PTV)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JC1-400101YDRELPT2013
JC1-300101YDREKPT2012.5
JC1-200101YDREKPT2012
JC1-100101YDREJPT2011
JC1-000101YDREHPT2010
G27E (U-MAX Light Duty)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU8-500101G27EF2008
JU8-400101G27EE2007
JU8-300101G27EC2006
JU8-000301G27EA2005
JU8-000101G27EZ2004
G23E (U-MAX Medium Duty I)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU6-700101G23EH2010
JU6-600101G23EG2009
JU6-500101G23EF2008
JU6-400101G23EC2007
JU6-300101G23EC2006
JU6-000301G23EA2005
JU6-000101G23EZ2004
G22E (G-MAX)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU2-400101G22EE2007
JU2-306201G22ED2006
JU2-300101G22EC2006
JU2-205701G22EB2005
JU2-200101G22EA2005
JU2-100101G22EZ2004
JU2-000101G22EY2003
G19E (Ultima 48-volt)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JR1-600101G19EX2002
JR1-500101G19EW2001
JR1-400101G19EU2000
JR1-300101G19ET1999
JR1-200101G19ES1998
JR1-100101G19ER1997
JR1-000101G19EP1996
G16E (Ultima 36-volt)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JN8-600101G16EX2002
JN8-500101G16EW2001
JN8-400101G16EU2000
JN8-300101G16ET1999
JN8-200101G16ES1998
JN8-100101G16ER1997
JN8-000101G16EP1996
G14E (Ultima 36-volt)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JN4-200101G14EP1996
JN4-100101G14EM1995
G9E (Fleet Master)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JH7-300101G9EM1995
JH7-201801G9EK/KP1994
JH7-200149G9EJ1994
JH7-100101G9EJ1993
JH7-000125G9EH21992
JG6-100101G9EH11992
JG6-000001G9EG1991
G8E (Fleet Classic)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JF3-401801G8EKP1994
JF3-400101G8EK1994
JF3-300101G8EJ1993
JF3-200101G8EH1992
JF3-100101G8EG1991
JF3-000005G8EF1990
G5E (Sun Classic)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J51-200101G5EH1992
J51-100101G5EG1991
J51-000101G5EF1990
G3E (Sun Classic)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J46-000101G3-E1987
G2E
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J56-200101G2-EG1991
J56-100101G2-EF1990
J56-000101G2-ED1989
JE2-000101G2-EC1988
J41-053101G2-EB1988
J41-030101G2-EB1987
J41-016101G2-E1986
J41-000101G2-E51985
G1E
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J36-011212G1-EM1986
J36-010101G1-EM51985
J36-000101G1-EM41984
J26-000101G1-EM31983
J22-000101G1-E31982
J14-100101G1-E21981
J14-000101G1-E1980

Gas Golf Carts / Utility Vehicles

YDRA (The DRIVE)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JW8-300101YDRAL2013
JW8-200101YDRAK2012.5
JW8-100101YDRAK2012
JW8-000101YDRAJ2011
JW1-300101YDRAH2010
JW1-200101YDRAG2009
JW1-100101YDRAF2008
JW1-000101YDRAE2007
YDRAPT (The DRIVE PTV)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JC0-400101YDRALPT2013
JC0-300101YDRAKPT2012.5
JC0-200101YDRAKPT2012
JC0-100101YDRAJPT2011
JC0-000101YDRAHPT2010
YTF2 (Adventurer Two)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JW7-400101YT2AL2013
JW7-300101YT2AK2012.5
JW7-200101YT2AK2012
JW7-100101YT2AJ2011
JW7-000101YT2AH2010
YTF1 (Adventurer One)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JW6-500101YT1AL2013
JW6-400101YT1AK2012.5
JW6-300101YT1AK2012
JW6-200101YT1AJ2011
JW6-100101YT1AH2010
JW6-000101YT1AG2009
G28A (U-MAX Medium Duty II)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU9-600101G28AG2009
JU9-500101G28AF2008
JU9-400101G28AE2007
JU9-300101G28AC2006
JU9-000301G28AA2005
JU9-000101G28AZ2004
G27A (U-MAX Light Duty)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU7-500101G27AF2008
JU7-400101G27AE2007
JU7-300101G27AC2006
JU7-000501G27AA2005
JU7-000101G27AZ2004
G23A (U-MAX Medium Duty I)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU5-600101G23AG2009
JU5-500101G23AF2008
JU5-400101G23AE2007
JU5-300101G23AC2006
JU5-000401G23AA2005
JU5-000101G23AZ2004
G22A (G-MAX)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JU0-400101G22AE2007
JU0-310101G22AD2006
JU0-300101G22AC2006
JU0-209201G22AB2005
JU0-200101G22AA2005
JU0-100101G22AZ2004
JU0-000101G22AY2003
G21A (Yamahauler)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JR6-300101G21AZ2004
JR6-200101G21AY2003
JR6-100101G21AX2002
JR6-000101G21AW2001
G20A (Concierge)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JR8-200101G20AX2002
JR8-100101G20AW2001
JR8-000101G20AU2000
G16A (Ultima)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JN6-600101G16AX2002
JN6-500101G16AW2001
JN6-400101G16AU2000
JN6-300101G16AT1999
JN6-200101G16AS1998
JN6-100101G16AR1997
JN6-000101G16AP1996
G14A (Ultima)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JN3-200101G14AP1996
JN3-100101G14AM1995
G11A (Yamahauler)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JR3-400101G11AW2001
JR3-300101G11AU2000
JR3-200101G11AT1999
JR3-100101G11AS1998
JR3-000101G11AR1997
JR3-000101G11AP1996
JJ3-100101G11AK1994
JJ3-000101G11AJ1993
G9A (Fleet Master)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JG5-400101G9AM1995
JG5-300101G9AK1994
JG5-200101G9AJ1993
JG5-100101G9AH1992
JG5-000101G9AG1991
G8A (Fleet Classic)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
JF2-400101G8AK1994
JF2-300101G8AJ1993
JF2-200101G8AH1992
JF2-100101G8AG1991
JF2-000007G8AF1990
G5A (Sun Classic)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J50-500101G5AM1995
J50-400101G5AK1994
J50-300101G5AJ1993
J50-200103G5AH1992
J50-100101G5AG1991
J50-000101G5AF1990
G3A (Sun Classic)
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J42-000101G3-A1986
G2A
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J55-200101G2-AG1991
J55-100120G2-AF1990
J55-000101G2-AD1989
JA2-000001G2-AC1988
J38-071101G2-AB1988
J38-020101G2-AB1987
J38-066101G2-A1986
J38-007101G2-A1986
J38-000101G2-A51985
G1A
Beginning Serial NumberModel NameModel Year
J31-159082G1AMD1989
J31-140101G1-AM1986
J31-100101G1-AM51985
J31-000101G1-AM41984
J24-000101G1-AM31983
J17-000101G1-A31982
J10-030101G1-A21981
J10-007705G1-A11980
J10-000101G1-A1979
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1 thought on “How to Find Your Golf Cart’s Model Year”

  1. Allen G Courtoreille

    Looking for manual for Serial # JN3-205613
    My cart is making a grinding noise, checked rear oil, it looks ok.

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