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I had a radiator replaced on an 05 SE with less than 6K on it. There was a micro crack somewhere in it, and though I couldn't find the crack itself, I'd get some tiny white splatters on the black plastic. I could drive for weeks on end and never have to add any coolant, but I could smell it.
They ended up replacing the radiator and the problem went away. There were known supply issues with the radiators in some 03's? and 05's? or 02s and 05's, I don't remember... But the whole process was about 2 hours. The just hoist it, drop the radiator out from underneath, and the new one was in in no time.
Even as a detail person, I wasn't 100% convinced the radiator was cracked. The dealer offered to replace it, and I didn't complain, and for me that did end up fixing the issue.