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Saab 9-5 Excessive Exhaust Noise from Flex Pipe Failure

Saab 9-5 Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

Average Mileage: 121,422 mi (62,000 mi - 220,000 mi)


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.

  • , , 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 -

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  • , , 134,000 mi

    Loud exhaust humm in the front/center of the vehicle. I will update with a mechanic/cost.

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  • , , 125,000 mi

    Sounds like my flex pipe just went.
    Now I need to find out hiw much it is to have repaired

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  • , , 113,000 mi

    flex pipe failed, the car is very loud now.

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  • , , 220,000 mi

    Flex pipe and piece of steel behind rusted out.

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  • , , 95,000 mi

    flex pipe needs replacement, as well as a new muffler, as a huge hole has rusted out of it.

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  • , , 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.

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  • , , 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.

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  • , , 103,000 mi

    Same issue as described.

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