Dont give up!!
I bought my 04 Spyder last year to use as a daily driver. It's amazing. There just is nothing else out there that can compare, particularly in this price range. I'm putting in a new clutch now at 25k miles, it totally depends on your driving style and clutch use. If you're a highway driver, members are reporting much longer life. I also have a number of days with it on the track so I feel I'm doing pretty well.
Remember the 02 was the first model year and there were some issues with cowl shake. A perfect car with 18K miles should be $25K or so. I went for the later model year to get the glass rear window and cowl shake fix. Planning on keeping this baby for quite a while and making it my every other day car soon.
I use my local independent for oil, brakes, small issues. Going to the Mas specialist for clutch, performance upgrades. The combo keep it easy, affordable, and relatively hassle free.
Go for the Mas...
'04 Spyder Cambiocorsa - Rosso Mondiale
FD-DBW, Springs, Spacers, Big Brake kit, Carbon/Kevlar pads, Air Filter
DJG/Kenwood Custom Radio Nav System
Vredestein Street/Toyo R888 +10 track shoes