Im voting Slash, I may not like Traxxas but, solidly on the reason of a massive community hundreds of hop-ups, and RPM parts. They are a very good truck...
Stadium trucks are normally pretty durable and easy to make them go fast. I LOVED my traxxas rustler. Ok durability, but I am a hardcore basher. Like the first task for my blitz was repeated falls from well over 15ft in the air.
If you like sct, the blitz is really durable from my experience, but parts cost more (on the off chance you would ever need any). But it has a lower center of gravity and is generally low to the ground compared to the slash, so going through grass on stock suspension is kind of a challenge.
If I were you I would go for a slash, slash vxl, stampede 4x4, or a rustler. Normally I am against traxxas but they just seem to fit you perfectly.
Well I vote slash, but there is also sorry guys not traxxas, but the hpi has a couple different things. Check out he bullet flux st. I know not monster truck but look. And hey have a new 4x4 apache and a flux buggy and buggy. Or if it is traxxas you want check out Tue erevo. It is last and durable and unable. And race worthy for sure. Just my opinion on what you are looking for. Hope it helps.
I'd vote others, but Slash are the cheapest, or one of... As for ShortCourse, I don't like ShortCourse, I'd vote Buggy, but they're not too great of bashers, or Stadium.
But SC trucks have big bumpers and long wear tires making them very beginner friendly.
the rustler , stampede and slash are all good bashers for the price i have one of each an there are still kickin besides some motor fouling out and a reciever issue i recently bought an ecx circuit for the i thought it was decent but after the frist week i went to a bigger battery and then i started snapin axles so i put some traxxas vxl drive shaft on it and now i have to replcae the trans gears i striped so i would diffently go with a traxxas model for bashing
lol now every ones changeing there story on me lol
the main complaints from everybody iv ever known who owned a slash was crappy handling, it was flip happy and (in stock form) it broke a lot.
in 7 weeks my homie managed to break, 2 front suspension arms, the rear skid, the chassis, and destroy the body. all done on a race track running the slash spec class.
the other homie owned one for about 6 - 8 months. i think it had more aftermarket parts than stock parts. all he ever did was complain about how easily unsettled it was on "ruff" terrain, how easily it flipped over, how easily it broke, that the SC10's and blitz's were kicking his butt. it finally reached a point that he was fed up with it and his wife was on his case about how much he had and was spending on it. so the truck got put on ebay.
i have 3 other friends who have owned them as well. one spent (counting the purchase of the truck) a $1000 on the thing hopped it up out the ass. still hated it, gave it to his step son and bought an SC10. his step son then destroyed that slash in the matter of months. they still have it and it still sort of works.
friend #2 was already heavy into RC. raced 1/8 buggys. when the SC class got big he bought a slash. raced it semi successfully for a few months. spent more money on the slash than he did on his 1/8 buggy. it wasn't highly competitive, he was out of money. parked both his RC's and hasn't touched them in a few years. iv tried to get him to the bash spot a few times. he won't bash his buggy cause it's still set up for racing. and he won't bash the slash because "iv got to much money in it to bash it". lame excuse i know. frankly i think he's afraid of breaking it and/or getting out bashed by SC10's and stadium trucks. when you bring up the slash he almost seems like he's ashamed to own it.
the last friend iv got that had one drove it, broke it, fixed it. drove it, broke it, fixed it. drove it, broke it, fixed it. did that for about 6 months until he finally realized he was spending way to much money on it. "the handling sucks so bad you can't not crash it". sold it and is know racing slot cars. as an AE guy back in the 80's he doesn't hate RC, he just really hates the slash. i'v been trying to talk him into a stadium truck but right know he's not willing to give RC another shot because he's afraid of having another slash experience.
@suburban_hooligan, Well obviously we've had different experiences. All my friends have them because they are stupidly tough, I didn't say they have good handling, but they are easy to drive. I don't like them, but they are good IMO. But of course that's my opinion. My B4 tends to kick everyone around here at the track anyway ;)
Another Ford, Chev, dodge discussion.....lol
Slash is my vote, Cheap Cheap Cheap for what you get. If you decide to race they have slash specific classes, if you just want to bash they can and will take it with open arms, if you want speed runs you might not want to go the route of a Slash