Aging plastic components in cooling system may fail unexpectedly on Volkswagen EuroVan

Aging plastic components in the cooling system—including the connecting pipes to the radiator—can fail unexpectedly.

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Average mileage: 137,740 (70,000–250,000)
Engine affected: 2.5L 5 Cylinder
10 model years affected: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, more1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
23 people reported this problem
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1993 Volkswagen EuroVan - 2.5L 5 Cylinder 180,000 mi,
Plastic T holding A/C switch sensor (mounted on radiator hoses) craked. Part is discountoinued by VW, had to create my own using aluminum tubes and welding.
2002 Volkswagen EuroVan 150,000 mi,
broken cooling blade
1997 Volkswagen EuroVan 92,000 mi,
Broken cooling fan - not yet fixed
1994 Volkswagen EuroVan - 2.5L 5 Cylinder 250,000 mi,
T-connector snapped off and got coolant everywhere. I was parking, so no engine damage. Replaced, but still trying to work out what else was wrong. Replacing the aux (electric) cooling pump now... I'm in Vancouver, Canada, but put "Blaine, WA" as CA postal codes aren't accepted. "Mileage" is 408,000 km, about 250k miles.
1993 Volkswagen EuroVan 70,000 mi,
Driving my VW Winneibago in Rio Vista, Texas and heard a large WHACK sound then grinding. Stopped in a parking lot and the antifreeze was running out, apparently the fan had disintegrated after further investigation it had sheered off and broken into many pieces and damaged the the Radiator. Send me money!!!
2000 Volkswagen EuroVan 120,000 mi,
Fan motor blades broke off throwing broken debris into other fan. Second fan motor in two years to break. Heater core bad. Cooling system problems continue. Electrical systems malfunction constantly.
2000 Volkswagen EuroVan 120,000 mi,
Coolant hose from heater core failed in multiple places. Vw wants $200+ for the part!
1999 Volkswagen EuroVan 72,400 mi,
catastrophic failure of driver side fan blew debris into passenger side fan resulting in second fan failure and destruction of radiator, hoses and sensors.