Originally Posted by tigerdim
I started 6 months ago. I wanted a RTR to start so went with the Kyosho TF5. 6 months later I have pretty much changed everything in the car.. new burshless motor and ESC.. new Sanwa MX3X transmitter... new 3Racing Graphite Chassis.. new suspension.
In the end a I have assembled the car over 50 times and definitely think a kit would have been better. I now have a nice car, but alot of parts I will never use again and have spent 4x times the price of the RTR..
There is no surprise. It is quite normal for a beginner to start up with a RTR or entry level low cost kit, and ended up spending 3x 4x or even more money. There is a learning curve. RC car do crash and crash hard. A $3xx top level chassis is a very high price tag, and they also do break, and replacement part are not cheap.
A tough car is a good start (Xray, Top).
Avoid Tamiya, their top level chassis price are crazy (vs their build quality) and does not last long. Their entry to middle level chassis are ok, but hop-up options are very pricey, and, Tamiya price tag is very high in the US (better in Asia such as Hong Kong)
Avoid Sakura S Zero too, it need an experience racer to assemble it right and many user did upgrade them ... ended up 2x 3x the price.
Buy good quality stuff, they work better and last longer.