I got myself a used RC12L3 a while ago but only ran it recently.
I opted for the L3 because it runs 6cell saddle packs. Just like most of my other TCs and buggies.
It took a short while to switch driving style from 1/10 TC. Nothing to difficult really. I think it should be quite similar to your 1/10 pan car?
It has been really enjoyable to drive. It's ONLY asphalt tracks where I am.
I feel that running a low torque motor has makes the car quite driveable. I dropped in a high power 23t motor but was faced with too much drive in the rear wheels. Back to my trusty old sport tuned for the time being.
Can't comment on pricing as different parts of the world may attach different values to different classes of cars.
Hope this helps.
BTW, I'm toying with the idea of a 1/10 Pan touring car. Like CRC Pantoura or AE RC10L3T. Any comment on that? Can't seem to find one though