As someone who owned a few TC3's, my advice would be to get something else. It can be a quick car, and lots of fun, but they are incredibly fragile (especially the shock towers) and what you'd need to get to upgrade it sufficiently would price it close to what you can buy other cars for. That, and you can typically find a TC3 on Ebay for 100 bucks or less. Yes, there are a ton of parts availible out there....there's a reason for that, lol. IMHO, you want to get something that is more mainstream and takes a hit better...even if you're an experienced driver, accidents happen and money is too hard to come by to buy a TC3 at that price.
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