I have a 2009 e6 which I purchased a little over 3 yrs. ago. When purchased the batteries were old and I sent it to a GEM certified shop in March of 2018 to have them replaced ( they also did some other “housekeeping” at the same time).
Recently she has been driving fine for about 12 miles and then once down to 4 green bars all bars suddenly vanish and she goes into turtle mode.
I sent her to a local, well respected, golf cart mechanic who also has experience with GEMS ( the original shop I used is 2 hours away ant this guy is only 30 minutes away). He has put her through her paces and says that the batteries are beginning to fail. He has talked with a GEM dealer who says the gel batteries I have (APG?) are sometimes know to fail in 3 yrs or less.
So here is the dilemma - Do I bring her home and just make sure I recharge after 12 miles (or will that battery time begin failing more quickly now that they have started to fail). Or, do I replace with gel batteries now and just hope they last longer than 3 yrs next time? Or, do I do the conversion to the lithium batteries (I’m really a bit concerned about putting that much money into a 2009 vehicle)? Or is there an even better battery option just around the corner and I should nurse the current batteries until that is available.
The shop that has her now recently did a lithium conversion on another GEM that was in the shop last month. I’m not sure if that is their first one or not.
I am content with a max speed of 25 mph, I only drive her on roads, and the terrain is flat. The majority of the time I travel alone but do regularly take a full load of friends/family around town. I drive her daily (but never when it is precipitating). Some days it is just a couple of miles but it is not uncommon for me to put 15 or more miles on her in a day (with little opportunity for charging during that time)
As you can probably tell I am not handy with mechanical tasks (just a retired teacher who loves her GEM). Helpful suggestions on which direction to go would be appreciated. We are located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.