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Old 01-09-2020, 04:07 PM
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Hello, I am looking to buy a used Nitro Rc car, the current ad that I am looking at says that the car runs but needs a tune. I asked the seller to send a video of it running and they said "it starts and dies it needs a tuen up, make me an offer im moving." I looked in to this more and saw that some common issue that could lead to this is air getting in to the fuel line (which would be an easy fix) or air getting in to the engine its self. If I get a good price Im considering buying it, currently its listened at $300. I am not a professional by any means and I would like other opinions on how to proceed.

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Used nitro RC engines in trucks and cars are a gamble. The breaking in of the engine is so critical to how the engine performs and how long it lasts, so it’s a crapshoot if the engine is any good or if it indeed needs to just get cleaned up and re-tuned. Expect when buying used trucks and cars that you will probably need to fix a bunch of stuff and replace the engine.

Are you brand new to nitro RC or have you run them before? If you’re brand new, I would HIGHLY suggest buying new instead, or finding a local nitro guy that actually knows what he’s doing to look the truck over before you buy it. A lot of times an experienced guy who knows what to look for can tell what condition the engine is in just by getting it in his hands for 5 minutes.
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I'd say you shouldn't buy a used item. You'll spend a lot more money later, better buy a new one.
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Originally Posted by Ryan H. Garcia View Post
I'd say you shouldn't buy a used item. You'll spend a lot more money later, better buy a new one.
Pretty much my thoughts as well. More investment cost, but better to know itís all new and if something goes haywire, you have warranty coverage to cover your tail.
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Originally Posted by 1QwkSport2.5r View Post
Used nitro RC engines in trucks and cars are a gamble. The breaking in of the engine is so critical to how the engine performs and how long it lasts, so itís a crapshoot if the engine is any good or if it indeed needs to just get cleaned up and re-tuned. Expect when buying used trucks and cars that you will probably need to fix a bunch of stuff and replace the engine.

Are you brand new to nitro RC or have you run them before? If youíre brand new, I would HIGHLY suggest buying new instead, or finding a local nitro guy that actually knows what heís doing to look the truck over before you buy it. A lot of times an experienced guy who knows what to look for can tell what condition the engine is in just by getting it in his hands for 5 minutes.
I've decided just to get a new one, like you said I dont know how the previous owner had treated the engine.
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It's a good decision. Good luck with your purchase.
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If he will not start it then ask him to let you hear the compression and see the flywheel turn. If it has good compression, most other issues you would be able to repair. Like Qwk said, buying a used nitro is risky business. I would not pay that much for a used Nitro. I got two vehicles for $400 and ended up having to put what I saved into restoring them. If you can wait and save up for new you would be much better off.

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