Excessive Exhaust Noise from Flex Pipe Failure on Saab 9-5

The exhaust flex pipe can fail causing excessive exhaust noise from the front/center area of the vehicle. The flex pipe is a flexible joint in the exhaust that allows for engine movement.

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Average mileage: 120,254 (62,000–220,000)
11 model years affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, more2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
33 people reported this problem
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2002 Saab 9-5 134,000 mi,
Loud exhaust humm in the front/center of the vehicle. I will update with a mechanic/cost.
2003 Saab 9-5 113,000 mi,
flex pipe failed, the car is very loud now.
2008 Saab 9-5 95,000 mi,
2008 SAAB 95 AERO. Front pipe flex section failed - nice loud exhaust noise, increased HP from reduced back pressure & annoyed neighbors. $102 - http://www.partsgeek.com/mmparts/exhaust_pipe/saab/95.html
2005 Saab 9-5 125,000 mi,
Sounds like my flex pipe just went. Now I need to find out hiw much it is to have repaired
2003 Saab 9-5 105,000 mi,
Just had flex pipe replaced due to excessive noise. Noise is from front of vehicle. Shop said they do wear out and fail. It was replaced at local car repair business that does exhaust work. Took about 30 minutes.
2000 Saab 9-5 220,000 mi,
Flex pipe and piece of steel behind rusted out.
2000 Saab 9-5 95,000 mi,
flex pipe needs replacement, as well as a new muffler, as a huge hole has rusted out of it.
2007 Saab 9-5 75,000 mi,
Replace flex pipe.
2006 Saab 9-5 153,500 mi,
Started out of nowhere. Started the car one morning and could definitely hear a leak. The exhaust leak/excessive sound is coming from the front center. Especially noticeable when the front driver or front passenger door is open. Going to take it in to a local exhaust shop. I'll update with cost after its competed.
2007 Saab 9-5 62,000 mi,
Not solved yet. Covered under extended warrenty but Saab does not have parts in stock due to bankruptcy. They said they hope to have this addressed in the next couple weeks.
2001 Saab 9-5 103,000 mi,
Same issue as described.