A friend just bought a Slash 4x4 after some mild influence from another friend and myself. I have my sites set on getting another short course truck to run with his. Right now, I have a Traxxas 1/16 Summit VXL to go with our son's 1/16 Summit (brushed version.) There are times that we don't run them much, but we run them more often than I thought we would.
Here's a (really poor quality) video of a recent bash session at a skate park. Bear in mind that I'm driving one handed while trying to aim the camera. We were being relatively careful, but I think this is more than people general expect an RC to do. At the end of the night, my son's truck had eaten the spur gear ($3 part) and that was it. His slipper clutch was probably too tight or the motor slipped in the mount when it landed on its roof and threw off the pinion/spur mesh.