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Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

Old 08-27-2009, 02:32 PM
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Default Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

I am obviously new to this forum. I want to get my son a RC Car for Xmas but I don’t want to just buy a piece of junk. I’m not wanting to go spend a ton of money though either as he’s only 5 but he has done well with other RC cars…I have it narrowed down to 3 (but always open to suggestions). I was wanting to get input from you guys.

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On all 3 of these, I’m wondering what kind of speed I should expect approx. and any Pros/Cons

They are:

http://www.hobbytron.com/116ScaleLicensedRTRC-ClassSportAMGMercedesElectricRCCar.html#29704

1:16 Scale Licensed RTR C-Class Sport AMG Mercedes Electric RC Car (This one doesn’t have the dimensions though) ($45)

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http://www.hobbytron.com/LicensedAMGMercedesCClassDTM110RTRElectricRCCar.ht ml#31530

Licensed AMG Mercedes C-Class DTM 1:10 RTR Electric RC Car ($29)

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http://www.hobbytron.com/Mercedes4WD1:10RTRElectricRCRaceCar.html#31158

Mercedes 4WD 1:10 RTR Electric RC Race Car ($55)

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I’d love all feedback. I appreciate the help!

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Also, if I get #1 AND #3, I could get $20 off so it would be a total of $80 for them.

Old 08-27-2009, 03:04 PM
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

They look ok for the price. You're not really getting hobby grade. Too bad they don't show a picture with the body off. Also, you won't find much in the way of parts support.

I bet you can find them cheaper on ebay...
Old 08-27-2009, 03:18 PM
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

Although they look cool they appear to be nothing more than cheap toy cars - not hobby grade R/C's.
First off I'm guessing there are no replacement parts avail for them, I didn't even see a brand name listed.
If you can't get parts you might as well go to Toys R Us.

Here is one that I would suggest- http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin/wti0001p?&I=LXUMU6
It's fairly quick, has aftermarket parts available if it breaks, and is pretty tough.
My friend that owns the LHS sells them and has one for kids to drive in the store.
He built a small jump and I have seen it crash land from 3+ feet up and not break on the hard tile floor.
It can also be driven in short grass in the yard so the kids not just stuck in the house with it.

It may be a bit much for a 5 year old but it's a good tough hobby grade R/C.
And the first one that came to mind.
Here's a vid of a stock Rage, there are vids out there of brushless ones that are crazy fast.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXNy32qVS5o
Old 08-27-2009, 03:25 PM
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For a 5 year old, I would seriously consider an inexpensive rock crawler (rather than an on-road type vehicle). They aren't too quick, are very stable, extremely durable, and will be able to climb over many obstacles that happen to "jump in the way".

One example is the duratrax 1/14 cliff climber (total cost out the door with everything you need is in the $200 range).
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

He’s been wanting a race car…He’s played around with other and done fine. I’m not really into making them faster, etc…
They said the
zx-82025 goes up to 25mph, zx-8205 goes up to 20 mph and the zx-757-9011 goes about 15-20
Only a 30 day warranty and that sucks since it would be for an xmas gifts. Is there a good brand that is inexpensive I could look at on hobby grade?
Old 08-27-2009, 05:19 PM
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

My girlfriends son got a car in the $50 range for Xmas last year.
It lasted 1 run down the sidewalk.
The left front wheel broke off so I told him to keep driving it that way.
He drove it for a few more batt's and ground the front bumper nicely.

If you want to get a decent RC that does 20 MPH you will probably spend more than $100.
Also consider a pack charger as they are not included with most, if any hobby grade RC's.

Put it this way, is it worth spending $150-$200 for a car that will last and be repaired when it does break...
Or buy a "cheap" $50 car that will most likely not last and not be repairable when it does break.
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

just putting it out there if you want just a little bit better RC one that wont break and is hobby grade then why not try the towerhobbies ezpay method? I saw this car and thought to pay all at once may seem a little expensive but for $60 a month you cant beat that. http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXTCR5&P=0

I am of course thinking you want on road car because it looks like everything you suggested is onroad. BTW 20mph is very slow if you or your child is playing with it outside you can get used to the speed very quickly and will end up being boring.
I know for one thing though I bought my brother that very same car a while back and he still has it to this day, nothing broken and I seen him ram that thing into a dumpster.

TECHNICALLY its a drifter RC but if change the tires it will magically become a regular RC =D.
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Even though you son wants an on-road car, I REALLY recommend that you look at one of the 1/16 off-road cars. Off-road cars are much more versatile and typically more durable, and in the 1/16 size, you can use them both indoor and out, even on carpet. An on-road car is going to be limited to very few areas, even in 1/10 size. Going 1/16 is going to be cheaper than 1/10 and you'll be able to run in smaller areas = more play time. I have 1/10 and 1/16 cars and I'm finding myself using the 1/16 much more because I can run them in an area as small as a driveway or even a large basement. Parts for 1/16 cars are usually a good bit cheaper than 1/10 parts, and trust me, you WILL be buying replacement parts.

Three cars I recommend:

1. Associated RC18T - I don't have a RC18T, but see comments below - Cost - $130 shipped, RTR
2. Losi Mini T or Mini Desert T - I have several of these and they are inexpensive, durable, easy to upgrade and parts are plentiful. - Cost - $100 to $130 shipped (less if you shop around)
3. Megatech Pro-Pulse T100 - This is basically a cheaper copy of the RC18T, which means they are 4wd. I have a couple of these and despite the criticism of people who haven't had them, they are a good buy for the price. They've been pretty durable and many of the parts are interchangeable with RC18T parts. - Cost - $65 or less shipped.

You will find that in addition to the cost of the car, you're going to have to get a quick charger and maybe an extra battery to keep you son interested. There is nothing worse than waiting 8 hours for a battery to charger after only 15 minutes of run time. You can get the Pro-Pulse, an extra battery and a cheap charger and with careful shopping, stay under $150.

As far as the links to the cars you've posted, the only thing worse than waiting 8 hours for a battery to charge is waiting weeks for a replacement part to come for a less-known brand. Most parts for the cars I listed can usually be picked up at a local hobby shop.

If you really want to go 1/10, look at the Traxxas Rustler XL-5, which can be found for as cheap as $150 - $175 if you shop around.
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

dont let his age hold you back as far as selection, there are kids at my local track that are 5-7 years old running 1/8th scale nitros and 10th scale electric trucks (revos, slashes, etc) the one with the revo is better than some of the grown ups and has been around hobby grade rc's since he was still in diapers.
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dont let his age hold you back as far as selection, there are kids at my local track that are 5-7 years old running 1/8th scale nitros and 10th scale electric trucks (revos, slashes, etc) the one with the revo is better than some of the grown ups and has been around hobby grade rc's since he was still in diapers.
ill second that at my old track this one 8 year old had a 5b and his friend had the 5t i was like dang these little kids got better trucks than me, my nephew was three when he got his losi ramunition.
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it wasnt so much the car but the driver. he was very good, if he stays in the hobby he'll be able to whip everyone on the track! we think hesgoing to be the next tebo or cody king
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Default RE: Advice on 3 cars...Newbie

For my sons 5th birthday we got him a tamiya lunchbox http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...?&I=LXKSG2&P=7
shortly thereafter we got my 7 year old the traxxas rustler http://www3.towerhobbies.com/cgi-bin...=LXNJH9**&P=ML
I did get mine from ebay & craigslist so they were a bit cheaper than that (and used). both quite durable, fun to drive on street or in the yard and dirt and fun to upgrade if you want to later with faster motors, led lights, better radios, other bodies, whatever you like.
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If you are looking for something durable, get him a used stamped or rustler off eBay.  They are very durable and can be found for under $100 RTR most of the time they also include batteries and charger.
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Three cars I recommend:


3. Megatech Pro-Pulse T100 - This is basically a cheaper copy of the RC18T, which means they are 4wd. I have a couple of these and despite the criticism of people who haven't had them, they are a good buy for the price. They've been pretty durable and many of the parts are interchangeable with RC18T parts. - Cost - $65 or less shipped.

LOL at people recommending cars costing almost 5 times more. I do agree with the propulse recommendation. Keep an eye on dealer.megatech.com They often have refurbished ones on sale for $29 and they're well worth it.
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Like most here, I'd say to stay away from the toy grade cars, when they break, and they will, you will not find replacement parts and the car will be junked. You can salvage the body but that's about it. Most of these cars have no ESC or receiver, just a circuit board that cannot be repaired. My 5 year old has been running hobby grade cars since is his 4th birthday and runs a Slash and Losi mini crawler. Craigslist or Fleabay are chock full of good deals on barely used hobby grade cars. It's more fun to have a car that is capable of growing along with your kid.
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I am not going to advise you on a peticular car but sugest taking a trip to a local hoby shop, that is if you have one. If they are any good, they will answer all questions and get you pointed in the right direction. Otherwise, if you want to go with a hobby grade car, you're going to most likely need to spend around $100 to $150 for something decent.
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Three cars I recommend:


3. Megatech Pro-Pulse T100 - This is basically a cheaper copy of the RC18T, which means they are 4wd. I have a couple of these and despite the criticism of people who haven't had them, they are a good buy for the price. They've been pretty durable and many of the parts are interchangeable with RC18T parts. - Cost - $65 or less shipped.

LOL at people recommending cars costing almost 5 times more. I do agree with the propulse recommendation. Keep an eye on dealer.megatech.com They often have refurbished ones on sale for $29 and they're well worth it.
its one of the natures of the hobby, I believe that the cars the op showed us are no better then toys r us cars and he asked us for "not a junk car". We recommended him the best lowest price cars we could find. Its very hard to find an rc car that is less then $100 and is durable BUT with traxxas ill believe anything.

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