Seems like we see this question asked every few days and mostly never answered unbiased-ly.
For a NEW-comer to Nitro, the full race type of R/C Car that most of you are suggesting, can be a little difficult for the newbie to build and adjust without some kind of set-up tools. And is the Newbie going to even notice any difference in performance, I doubt it.
The HPI car is pretty straight forward building and setting-up. All that you really might need is a Camber Gauge. It will serve the new to R/C racer well into the move up to Sportsman Nitro.
I think the determining factors should be:
1) What is well supported by the local distributers (hobby shops).
2) To build or not to build (RTR)
3) Racing or Playing or Both. (why buy a MTX-3 for Bashing?)
Every Car has it's positives and negatives. I won't say what I race, but I own 3 HPI cars out of 8.
Last edited by popsracer; 12-18-2002 at 01:11 PM.