try find one with low miles.
the transmissions are the weak link ,but with regular maintenance they can go for a long time.
MUST use atf+4 in the trans.
first gens had either he 3.3 or 3.5 engine.
both solid motors.
3.5 has about 214 horse, the 3.3 has 161 horse.
i love my 97. 3.3
very comfortable ride.
these cars come with independent rear suspension,very good at holding the road for a big car .
the motor sits in the engine bay like that of a rear wheel drive so it makes things a little easier to get at.
front rotors have a tendency to over heat and warp.
there are drilled rotors available at a good price.
there are lots of mods available for them.
as long as your not buying it for racing the trans should hold up .
if you can ,take it to a trans shop and have them give you the green light on it.
price wise you can get into one pretty cheap.
they depreciate fast,which is good for buyers.
what you dont know you can find out in the forums.
i speak as a first gen owner ,you can go to the second gen forum to find out more there.
hope you buy one and welcome to the boards.