Part of the reason though is ignorance. Yes, the TVP Savage chassis is tough, and Savages tend not to break arms. That is ALL though that is tough about them*..
There's more to toughness though than just not breaking arms. Part quality is a big part of robustness. And everybody knows that the Savage drivetrain is not the strongest. So yes, the Savage will cartwheel down a hill after a newb misses a jump, and keep driving.. But in my experience anyway, after 2-3 gallons a Savage is going to have a lot of wear and need some new parts(I've got pictures around somewhere of my cups after just a few gallons- with an Axial 28
... - shocking.., and in that same period I had numerous broken (and warped, even..) plastic parts.. I could practically scratch a skidplate with my fingernail.. And NO I wasn't bashing hard.. I never got the chance... It would break first..
First day out, testing lining up for the ramp, quarter throttle, max three feet up, landing in long, soft grass
.. Broken upper arm.... That pretty much set the pattern with my XSS.. ) And of course, if you go put a Picco or something in it to replace the junky 5.9, you might blow up the transmission or a diff..
Plastic quality after the X came out was frankly poor IMO. On top of drivetrain issues.
I was an HPI cheerleader back then too when I first got my Savage 25 RTR(which DID have good plastic quality btw..) and thought it was the greatest, not knowing any other RC's.. Now though, I wouldn't get a Savage again having seen how much better the Losi MT's are.. And I'm just talking quality, reliability, and durability, not even performance
All that said, the Losi XXL is expensive, and the LST2 was too. (You get what you pay for in this case..) But the Savage 4.6 is
a good first RC IMO.. Fast and reasonably reliable - at least for 2-3 gallons.. Worthless on a track of course.. But fast in a parking lot..
*And even the TVP's were bendy garbage when the X first came out - remember all the little "X"'s breaking under the engine?..