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As a follow-up I'd suggest a custom cat back (high grade stainless steel) from an exhaust shop as opposed to oem to save $$ if the current system can't be fixed without replacement. An exhaust specialist as opposed to a Saab specialist would be ideal

The low power problem could persist after the exhaust is fixed (seeing as that slight drop in back pressure shouldn't really affect the ecu or boost pressure), but start with the obvious
 

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As a follow-up I'd suggest a custom cat back (high grade stainless steel) from an exhaust shop as opposed to oem to save $$ if the current system can't be fixed without replacement. An exhaust specialist as opposed to a Saab specialist would be ideal

The low power problem could persist after the exhaust is fixed (seeing as that slight drop in back pressure shouldn't really affect the ecu or boost pressure), but start with the obvious
So not something I can just mount back up with some brackets? What kind of price am I thinking here? ( I know very little about cars unfortunately. Give me credit for admitting that here. Haha.)
 

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So not something I can just mount back up with some brackets?
Given the condition of the exhaust (falling apart) it is most likely a replace rather than repair.

It would be hard to guess a price not knowing which components need to be replaced, a full exhaust (catalytic convertor to the back of the car) would be about $700.00 in parts plus labour so call it $1000.00

Since you admittedly know little about cars an old Saab can be very costly to keep on the road if you have to pay someone else to do the work.

How long have you had the car?
 

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That's a lot of "ughs", the car must have given you plenty of warning before the exhaust fell apart.

How many miles on it? What is the general condition? Do you have a local shop you can trust? $3500 for what repairs?
 

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Honestly it was running just fine until one day it stopped accelerating and made a noise everytime I did. The 3500 was spent by my mom when she had it on new engine seals (?) New water pump, new transmission. New tires. Maybe a few other things. The car, for having 225,000 miles on it, drove great until this. I get compliments on it all the time. 8 wish I knew more about cars so I could talk about it. Haha.
 

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A Honda in my future? My Lord, I wish I saw any car in my future so I could get back to work and provide... :( And the picture... It's a spider bite. I linked my Gmail and that was the picture it put.. I honestly didn't even know it was my profile picture. Haha
 

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I wouldn't pay anything like $1000 for that. Those are oem parts prices. Exhaust size should be 2.25 inches in case you find a shop that let's you provide parts. First go to an exhaust shop, one that does both performance aftermarket setups. They'll do a stock exhaust refit with aftermarket parts (random piping that they can bend into place and a universal catalytic converter if absolutely needed). With high grade stainless you'll still save a shitload of money. They can cut and vband things together. Stop guessing and get it assessed at a custom exhaust shop and discuss options with them
 

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Do you know who did all that work? Can they do exhaust work? Is it a Saab shop?
No there are no saab dealers up here in northern Wisconsin. It was some local dealer my mother said. Where they lived before down in Arizona. I don't have any kind of money to fix something that's this expensive. My job relies on me driving so now I'm in a touch spot. Haha. That was the reason for ALL the ugh's. Guess that's the way the world works 🤷

I wish I had chosen anything in the Army other than an Infantryman. So I could have learned shop. :)
 

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I wish I had chosen anything in the Army other than an Infantryman. So I could have learned shop.
It doesn't have to be a Saab dealer just a shop that has knowledge of them, where in Wisconsin? Put the name of your town in here:


Also, working on cars isn't rocket science, with a basic tool kit and YouTube you can pretty much address most maintenance issues and learn as you go and acquire tools as you go.

What does "I guess that's the way the world works" mean? In my experience the world doesn't do much for you it's up to you if you want to try to fix your car or pay someone else to do it for you for the rest of your life...oh and it's fun too.
 

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It doesn't have to be a Saab dealer just a shop that has knowledge of them, where in Wisconsin? Put the name of your town in here:


Also, working on cars isn't rocket science, with a basic tool kit and YouTube you can pretty much address most maintenance issues and learn as you go and acquire tools as you go.

What does "I guess that's the way the world works" mean? In my experience the world doesn't do much for you it's up to you if you want to try to fix your car or pay someone else to do it for you for the rest of your life...oh and it's fun too.
I live near Eau Claire. And yes. You have to go out and get things. Nothing comes to you for free. You're absolutely right.
 
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