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Used Serpent Vector 1/8th scale, buy or not to buy? Help me out.

Old 11-05-2012, 07:10 PM
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Default Used Serpent Vector 1/8th scale, buy or not to buy? Help me out.

So, could you guys please steer me in the right direction?

A buddy of mine wants to sell me his used Serpent Vector rolling chassis. It's got a .21 Nova Rossi motor in it, 2 Futaba high end coreless servos, and a Futaba micro receiver.

The car is in great shape albeit a little bit dirty, and the foam tires are pretty damn worn down. The tuned pipe appears to be almost brand new, and according to him he's put less than 1 full gallon of fuel through the motor. The belts are not frayed, and the drivetrain rolls nice and smooth.

He said he'd sell it to me for $200 even.

Obviously I'll need all of the supporting equipment, as well as a new radio system. I want to know if that's a good price for this vehicle, considering it was well over a grand as it's setup.

Are these foam tires available to still purchase? Are parts still out there? Or is this a crap shoot?

I know back in the day, these cars were absolutely DUMB fast with their 2-speed transmissions, and flex-free chassis.

Please let me know your thoughts, I'd really appreciate any and all info.

Thanks.

-Matt
Old 11-07-2012, 09:41 AM
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Default RE: Used Serpent Vector 1/8th scale, buy or not to buy? Help me out.

Not a single thought on this thing?!

Old 11-08-2012, 08:48 PM
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Default RE: Used Serpent Vector 1/8th scale, buy or not to buy? Help me out.

I personally wouldn't. Up front it may seem like a good deal, but in the long term it may not. I remember back when I started in rc about 10 years ago I would jump at a $200 Serpent Vector as I actually wanted one, but didn't have the funds. I think today while probably still a great car, you would be hard pressed to get spare parts for it and trust me you'll need them. In short, if you have a source for parts then jump on it, but remember that the car has become discontinued for quite awhile.
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Once it breaks, you're going to half to make it nice and clean for the shelf lol.
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If you cant find any parts for it, Skip it. You wont want to run it if you cant find "awhole lotta" parts for it
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Default RE: Used Serpent Vector 1/8th scale, buy or not to buy? Help me out.

Good points guys. There's no place to get parts?!

I haven't been able to find em myself.... so, I think I'll pass on this one.


I appreciate the input..........

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