They came off the front of my 00 beetle tdi. There were no rear ones on my car when I bought it. I bought the car used, so since they were on the front, I presume that is where they really belong.
That is not a split or tear. I think that is just the way it was made. It looks more open or stretched, but I really don't see why. I think it was sewn that way. That's why I posted so many pics. Not trying to hide anything.
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