Originally Posted by espee1989
I've read that these have iffy head gaskets, but it depends on how the previous owner treated it, and whether or not it was taken in for the head gasket recall.
quote from wiki
The 2.5 ltr. 4 cyl. engine in the first gen cars had a problem with head gaskets. After 2003 and later, they fixed this issue.
I also read a couple of places that the timing belt needs to be replaced because it'* an interference engine. I might request that along with the ABS problem.