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I always hear the ones with plastic black ends are the factory ones prone to failure. Mine is not black, maybe faded? Doesn’t seem like plastic. Can anyone confirm if I have a factory radiator from these pics?






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The tanks certainly look like aluminum in those pictures (faded) but I can see the crimps which are present with the plastic tanks. Those would be welds on an all aluminum radiator.
 

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I can see the crimps which are present with the plastic tanks. Those would be welds on an all aluminum radiator.
Those look like crimps to me as well, so I'd say the end caps are plastic.
 

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I think the verdict is it’s factory. Thanks for the input!


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Yep. Replace when you can.
 
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I have not personally seen a non black OEM radiator, but I haven't seen everything
the tanks are not plastic, they appear to be aluminum.

Is it possible there is an unfamiliar aftermarket radiator with aluminum crimped tanks?
Is there any reason to think it is unreliable?
 

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I believe the early cars had the silver OEM radiator and then it switched to black. Not exactly sure when the changer over occurred.
 

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Our 05 was aluminium colour
 

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Please replace your OEM radiator, it will fail and make a mess.
 
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