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So I have owned 2 MK5s for the last 2 years. both 2008 2.5L, first a rabbit now a jetta. i had an issue where my flex pipe came disconnected at the weld point on the manifold side. wasnt a huge issue at first but got worse, tried to ride it out for the rest of the week but it started to stall on starting. so i took it to a well reviewed muffler shop near me, they cut off right before where the old flex pipe connected, and welded on a new ‘nipple’ and flex pipe. when starting it yesterday, it sounded very quiet compared to usual, thought maybe it was just because it was a hot start. went out to start it before work this morning, and the same thing, an almost silent start, which im used to a little purr when she starts. any idea on of this is bad, or just an anomaly?
 
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