guys, thanks for all your suggestions...the car goes in the shop in the morning...
I am looking up the repair from 2002 and if the lower gaskets were not done I will do them now too....also, I picked up the Dorman part since its only around $90 more than the dealer gasket kit for the upper, so it seemed a no-brainer. You know it would be nice to know your engine is not going to self-destruct after in 2-3 yrs! I may have the dealer put in a 180 tstat too. I will keep my fingers crossed that all goes well and I will keep you guys posted tomorrow night when I pick her up!