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.
Average mileage: 118,438 (51,000–186,326)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 2.0L 4 Cylinder Turbo, 2.3L 4 Cylinder Turbo
31 people reported this problem
Flex pipe completely apart from lower exhaust. Wire mesh is almost completely gone with a few visible holes. I tried cutting the flex pipe to get to a good ring on the coils and sealing it with some "exhaust repair" stuff and it didn't work because it FLEXES. Major pain in the behind. Still not fixed. Just looking into getting the darn thing replaced. ITS BETTER TO GET IT REPLACED THAN TO TRY AND DO THE LITTLE THINGS TO MAKE IT GO AWAY! #SAABProblems