rcracer...I hate to do this but I think you qualify. Let me first say that I'm a huge Tamiya fan and I'm insulted that you didn't even consider a TA04 or a 414m2 or a Evo.
But ...Since you don't have easy access to a shop, and you are pretty new to RC , I would suggest you go with the TC3 .
Parts are easy to get at almost any decent shop
The car has a HUGE group of users and that means lots of help
it's a pretty simple chassis to work on
Hop up parts are numerous