I replaced both of my burned Traxxas VXL-3S ESC's with Hobbywing WPSC8's they have been running stong ever since. Traxxas charges basically the same price to fix it through their Warranty Replacement Program and it is a MUCH more capable ESC.
IMO they can't be beat for price/performance. Also they come with a 6 month (180) day warranty. Recently I read a users story of how he fried one, and had to deal with Hobbywing CS. They mailed him a new one, Though he was on the hook for the shipping, something like $12 to ship each way. and it took 3-4 weeks. But you could afford to buy a whole second WPSC8 should it fail and still end up costing less then 1 stock VXL-3S. Not saying that it will fail. I have had 3 now and every single one has been awesome. I sold one, and the other two are nothing short of perfect. My P4DE Truggy
is a dedicated 4S beast. A good 6 months now running 4S atleast 3 times a week if not more and its still as good as the day I got it.
Tons of programming features, You cant go wrong. It really does function and feel like a much higher priced esc. I have nothing against Castle or any of the other ESC's. Just saying that Hobbywing has quality products. Already they have lasted twice as long as the stock VXL-3S esc's did LOL. Just make sure if you do grab a WPSC8 to get the Program Box NOT
the card. This will allow you to update the ESC's firmware, as well as make changes to the esc's programming via your computer via the Hobbywing USB Link, or in the field with box itself. It also functions as a battery tester up to 8S Lipo.
Don't worry... I'll find it's weak spot.