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

Problem Description and Possible Solution

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

Problem Data
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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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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.
broken cooling blade
Broken cooling fan - not yet fixed
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.
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!!!
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.
Coolant hose from heater core failed in multiple places. Vw wants $200+ for the part!
catastrophic failure of driver side fan blew debris into passenger side fan resulting in second fan failure and destruction of radiator, hoses and sensors.