How can I identify the model and year of my Yamaha?
Knowing the year model of your golf cart is very important when ordering most parts. Use the guide below to help you determine the year model of your Yamaha golf cart.
Yamaha gives similar names to its carts, starting with model G1 then down through numbers G2 to G3 and on into the G20s. They are seldom identified as such, however, and since models vary little in appearance the only sure way to identify your Yamaha is through the serial number.
Serial Number--Early Models
Serial numbers on early models appear underneath the rear bumper.
Serial Number--Later Models
Later Yamaha's have their serial number underneath the seat, beneath the glove box, or along the front rubber molding.
Examine the Charts
Yamaha serial numbers do not contain information on the year. They can, however, narrow down the search by finding shared characteristics inside charts of Yamaha identification codes. The G16, for instance, always contains JN6 in its code.
Finding the Year
Cross-apply the code to find the model type. JN6, for example, appears on G16 models manufactured from 1996 through 2002. A specific date may be found by submitting your serial number to a website devoted to repairing or collecting Yamaha golf carts.
This table shows the identification numbers, type and model of Yamaha golf carts. Specific serial number location information for your Yamaha Golf Cart model is listed below the table.
See bottom to download chart.
Yamaha G-1 Model Golf Car
Yamaha has always been known as a leader of innovation. That certainly held true for Yamaha's first golf car, the G-1. The G-1 was the first two-stroke powered golf car to have an oil injection system as standard equipment. It was also the first model to have a solid-state electronic ignition system. The electric version of the G-1 came along one year later, in 1980. The G-1 was the beginning of long line of Yamaha golf cars that have become recognized as the most reliable and durable golf cars on the planet.
Yamaha G-2 Model Golf Car
The Yamaha G-2 model was the first golf car to feature a 4-stroke, overhead valve engine. It was also the first golf car to have an injected molded, plastic front and rear body.
Yamaha G-3 Model (Sun Classic) Golf Car
The original "Neighborhood Vehicle", the G-3 was truly ahead of it's time. Standard features included deluxe bucket seats, headlights, tail lights, turn signals, a tempered glass windshield, lockable glove box, and a large front storage compartment.
Yamaha G-5 Model (Sun Classic) Golf Car
The G-5 replaced the G-3 model as the next generation "Sun Classic". Improvements to the G-5 included, lightweight, high-strength Metton® resin body panels, a rack & pinion steering system, a rear view mirror and sun top integrated air vents to cool passengers.
Yamaha G-8 Model (Fleet Classic) Golf Car
The G-8 was first golf car that utilized a semi-independent rear suspension that included coil over shocks.
Yamaha G-9 Model (Fleet Master) Golf Car
Based on the G-2 model, the G-9 was designed to be a value conscious fleet alternative to the G-8 model.
Yamaha G-11 Model (Yamahauler) Utility Vehicle
Yamaha's first Utility Vehicle had a durable steel front bumper, a solid, all-aluminum bed with folding tailgate and a trailer hitch.
Yamaha G-14 Model (Ultima) Golf Car
A new larger engine (300 cc) and a longer and wider stance than earlier models made the G-14 the ultimate golf car, hence the name Ultima. The G-14 was the first golf car to have a 360° body protection system (Yamaha's Sentry Wraparound Protection System™) and blow-molded 5 mph impact-resistant front and rear bumpers.
Yamaha G-11 Model (Yamahauler) Utility Vehicle
The next generation G-11 featured a larger 301 cc motor and a impact-resistant front bumper.
Yamaha G-16 Model (Ultima) Golf Car
The G-16 was the next generation Ultima model. Improvements included an improved 301cc engine, a re-designed primary clutch and 4 factory available body colors.
Yamaha G-19 Model (Ultima) Golf Car
Yamaha's first 48 volt electric golf car. The G-19 featured such innovative features as a roll-away safety protection and regenerative braking.
Yamaha G-20 Model (Concierge) Multi-Passenger Vehicle
Yamaha's first production multi-passenger vehicle carried 4 passengers in comfort and style and was equipped with standard features like 4-wheel brakes.
Yamaha G-21 Model Utility Vehicle
The replacement to the G-11, the G-21 model featured 4-wheel brakes and a larger engine than its predecessor.
Yamaha G-22 Model (G-MAX) Golf Car
The G-22 was designed to provide maximum comfort, performance and reliability, hence the name G-MAX. Standard features on both models included a newly designed brake pedal (with top left parking brake), Ergo-Shade sun top and Tru-Trak rack & pinion steering. In addition, the 4-stroke model received a powerful 357 cc motor, while the 48 volt electric model received the advanced Genius System.
Yamaha G-23 Model (U-MAX Medium Duty I) Utility Vehicle
The G-23 (U-MAX Medium Duty I) was one of 5 new utility vehicles for 2005. Available in gas and electric it had a large roto-molded polyethylene dump bed, a 12 volt DC accessory outlet and standard head & tail lights.
Yamaha G-27 Model (U-MAX Light Duty) Utility Vehicle
Part car, part truck…all Yamaha. The G-27 (U-Max Light Duty) was one of 5 new utility vehicles for 2005. The G-27 model was available in gas and electric included a lifted suspension, a tough roto-molded polyethylene dump bed and standard head & tail lights.
Yamaha G-28 Model (U-MAX Medium Duty II) Utility Vehicle
The flagship of the 2005 Yamaha utility line-up was the G-28 (U-MAX Medium Duty II). It had a lifted suspension, a large roto-molded polyethylene dump bed and featured standard head & tail lights.
Yamaha Drive/G29 Golf Car
The DRIVE/G29 has truly revolutionized the golf car industry.
Before we designed The DRIVE, we spent countless hours listening to customers, course owners and obtaining feedback from the industry. We began by asking questions no one had ever asked before. Starting with this: Why shouldn’t a golf car be fun to drive? The culmination of this research lead to the design, development and production of what we believe is the finest golf car ever made.
Styled with classic elegance and infused with cutting edge technology, The DRIVE embodies legendary Yamaha quality and reliability. The DRIVE features several industry firsts including an internal wet-brake transaxle that eliminates the need for brake drums and shoes, an automotive-style dash and an ATV inspired clutch that provides better response and greater hill climbing ability.
Yamaha YTF1 (Adventurer One) Utility Vehicle
The Adventurer One may just be the most reliable thing since man's best friend. The newest in a long line of utility vehicles from Yamaha, it's built tough, durable and has the lowest maintenance costs in the industry.
Yamaha Golf Cart Timeline