Here's the real nightmare:
How many miles were on that filter?
It is sounding from poking around the forums that the Fram cartridge for FSI engines is made in china now and maybe the quality control is sketchy.
I have amazon prime so i just buy the Mann cartridge at $12/pop free shipping.
I just remember when I started on these forums that this thread got hit with 10+ hits per day. It seemed to have one day gone dead. I was finishing up my semester at school so I didn't notice. I came back and saw that nobody was posting. I just took a break from the forums and focused on working on my car and came back to still no posts.