This K&N HP-2009 was in use for 14 months, 6,970 miles on a 2000 Lexus GS300. It was installed on 8-8-2013 and taken off on 10-2-2014. The oil used was Valvoline Maxlife Synthetic 10w-30. The vehicle was not used in the winter. As you can see, there is a tiny tear at the top of one of the pleats. However it's different than the Purolator tears, it's not at the crimp point. Still, there it is! The end of the pleat with the tear was lower than the other pleats. The non-torn end of the pleat was normal, except for the slight slope downward as a result of the torn side being lower as previously stated. I was very careful when opening this filter, I'm certain that I didn't cause this when opening it.