Today we are working on a 2000 Subaru Forster. We are replacing the entire exhaust system and have come to hit a couple bumps in the road. This exhaust is designed to flex with the car as it moves, when someone had some a previous repair they just make the pipe a straight pipe and because the pipe had no give we had to thing of a way to make everything work. Our solution, change the curve of the flex pipe and have the flex pipe give the flex it needed. Simple repair and low cost.
Some times its smarted to repair the area needed then to replace. Its more cost effective and we believe you shouldnt have to replace the entire working line or pipe if its a small section to be replaced and it wont effect the quality of the vehicle we always recommend going ahead with the simple repair