Hello I'm Neal and I am here to help resolve your issue. If I cannot help I will opt out and refer your question to another expert.
Unfortunately it will not work, no 1997 head will work on a 1998 and up 2.0l engine. Sorry for the bad news, I know it is not what you wanted to hear. I would get you head off and make sure it cannot be reconditioned.
What years will work?
Awesome, you hit the nail on the head! This is exactly what I need to know. And I'm pretty sure that I have at least one, maybe 2 in my parts cars.
So far any 1998 and 1999 2.0 I've looked at has been an ABA engine.