I haven't been running RC cars recently and I think it's because I don't have a good 'fun truck'. My HPI Nitro MT, Micro RS4, and Tamiya HighLift are great but they either need time or care to run them; and my XXX-CR is a racecar, not a basher. I used to have a Revo 2.5R and a Stampede, but I lost interest and sold them.
This merv VXL really appeals to me, especially since Hobby People has them at $259, but my brother actually has a 1/10 E-Revo in storage which I could build up. All it needs is a motor/esc system. The question I'm struggling with is whether I would be happy with the merv, or if I should work with this mint 'full size' E-Revo.
Part of me thinks the size of the merv would be more fun since its smaller size will be better suited to running around the street, baseball diamond, and fairly groomed yards on my street. Plus it is more portable and obviously less expensive - $265 shipped, ready to go no questions asked. I also have some 2.2" wheels and tires laying around.
But the big guy is more adjustable and more capable; I could slam it for street use or pick it up for off-road runs. But then I look at the cost of the MMM system and we're already talking $300 before I grab pinion gears or the odd screw I might need. New wheels and tires, not that I need them, would be another $80.
TLDR: if you didn't want to break the bank, just wanted some light bashing fun, and had a rolling 1/10 E-Revo sitting around, would you save cash and go with the merv, or would you plunk down the change and set up its bigger brother?