Excessive Exhaust Noise from Flex Pipe Failure on Saab 900

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: 162,662 (121,000–221,000)
Exhaust & Emissions affected: 2.3L 4 Cylinder
5 model years affected: 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, more1998
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1998 Saab 900 145,986 mi,
Noise and leak from flex pipe
1997 Saab 900 221,000 mi,
If this is the "basket" looking item attached to the exhaust system under the engine, then I am having the same issue. I heard that the part can be upwards of $500, and I don't think that includes service. There has got to be another way! If anyone knows where I can procure this part (gently used or new), let me know! We've replaced 2 other problem parts already without needing to go to a full-service Saab specialist.
1995 Saab 900 121,000 mi,
The upper flex pipe from the manifold broke, and my muffler shop (which can fix anything) said I have to take it to a regular Full-service mechanic.