The initial problem was the tb gasket. and as far as if its the original UIM, I will check. I did take a dental pick to the EGR area and it was very solid, no holes or cracks that I can see. regardless, $80-$100 for peace of mind is a no brainer. Also I know the car had DEX in it when I got it in 2000, I did flush it out and have used the Prestone in it since the first day I owned the car. I am willing to bet that I do need new LIM gaskets as well. Thanks for your input gents, you guys rock!
1996 SE silver teal metallic
Never ridin' dirty even in the dirty south.