Thanks for the info- I think i finally got it sorted out. Sorry about how late I am on this- no reply for a long time.
One last question if anyone has thoughts- We live in Colorado and my girlfriend buys 85 octane, I realize how the altitude works. In Iowa she would buy the cheaper ethanol blend (at least 90 octane). Her car has a tough time starting occassionally but then seems to be fine. I have checked her fuel system, her battery and charging, sparkplugs and wires and really cant find the issue. Her coil tests fine but mabe its a little worn. I was going to check her fuel filters- does a 98 have one in the fuel tank? Any thoughts? Thanks