My 2010 EZGO RXV is acting up (considering a controller upgrade)

Hey community, I’m hitting a wall with my 2010 EZGO RXV. It’s been my reliable ride for neighborhood rounds, but lately, it’s like it’s lost its zest. Acceleration feels off, and there are times it just won’t start. I’m pretty sure the controller’s the culprit. Has anyone faced something similar and found a solid fix? I’m all ears for suggestions, especially if you’ve gone through a controller upgrade.


Swapping out the old controller for a Navitas turned my EZGO RXV from a slug to a hare. Installation was a breeze, no wire splicing circus. And tweaking performance from my phone? Absolute game-changer. If you’re eyeing an upgrade, Navitas is a no-brainer.

Solutions That Worked for Users

SolutionUsers Who Found SuccessApprox. Cost (USD)Approx. Time Needed (Minutes)
Upgrade to Navitas Controller2$450 – $75060 – 90
Curtis Controller Reprogramming1$100 – $300 (if reprogramming needed)30 – 60


  • Cart’s got no get-up-and-go.
  • Hit or miss starts.
  • Controller’s not engaging like it should, messing with the cart’s pep and top speed.

Possible Causes

  • Original controller’s on its last legs.
  • Outdated or incorrect programming’s putting a leash on your cart’s potential.
  • Wiring or electrical gremlins are messing with controller efficiency.

Solutions That Worked

1. Upgrade to Navitas Controller

What I Did: Opted for a direct swap with a Navitas controller. It’s pretty much plug-and-play, no need for a wiring headache.

Outcome: Like night and day. The cart’s smoother on the acceleration and the top speed… let’s just say I’m not lagging behind anymore.

Personal Experience: The swap was easier than expected. Dialing in the perfect settings with the Navitas app was the cherry on top.

Detailed Steps:

  1. Research: Ensure the Navitas controller model is compatible with your EZGO RXV.
  2. Safety First: Disconnect your cart’s power supply to avoid any electrical mishaps.
  3. Removal: Carefully remove the existing controller. Take photos or notes of all connections for reference.
  4. Installation: Fit the Navitas controller, double-checking all connections against your notes or photos.
  5. Configuration: Download the Navitas app and connect to your new controller. Start with conservative settings and gradually adjust to find your sweet spot.

Handy Tips:

  • Battery Check: Before installation, ensure your batteries are fully charged and in good condition. A weak battery can affect performance.
  • Firmware Update: Check if there’s a firmware update available for your new controller through the app.

2. Curtis Controller Reprogramming

What I Did: Sent off the Curtis controller for a performance reprogramming. It’s like unlocking a hidden mode.

Outcome: The difference was palpable. More responsive, more power, just more everything.

Personal Experience: The wait was worth it. The reprogramming unleashed capabilities I didn’t know were possible.

Detailed Steps:

  1. Find a Pro: Look for a reputable professional or company experienced in Curtis controller programming.
  2. Preparation: Remove your controller carefully, noting all connections. Securely package it for shipping.
  3. Shipping: Send it off for reprogramming. Ensure you’re clear about your performance expectations.
  4. Reinstallation: Once returned, reinstall the controller, carefully reconnecting everything.
  5. Test Drive: Give your cart a test drive to feel the difference. Adjust any settings if necessary.

Handy Tips:

  • Documentation: Keep a record of your controller’s original settings before sending it off, just in case.
  • Backup Plan: Have a backup mode of transportation if your cart is your primary vehicle. Reprogramming can take some time.

Golf Cart Models Where This Worked

  • 2010 EZGO RXV
  • 2009 EZGO RXV with lift and 23” tires


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