Actually, Rod, that filter does look like a decent competitor IMO. Are you running it right now?
I do believe that if I did not already have the K&N, I would consider using that AEM. Not specifically because of the "oil issue", but more so, because it offers what appears to be superior performance without the extra step of oiling and drying the filter after cleaning.
Pricing is similar.
EDIT: On topic: IIRC, that multi-piece intake kit is smooth on the inside. Not that I have seen it personally, but I recall that someone on here not long ago put one on and indicated that, while it has all those couplings oin the outside, it is smooth on the inside.
On another note: Take a look on ebay. There are all kinds of places selling inexpensive import tube kits using polished aluminum tubes. Buy one for about $9.99 plus shipping, then throw away the crap filter and replace it with one of the above (K&N or AEM)performance filters.
Mike: 1997 SE w/ 183K, aka White Horse
, Gutted Airbox w/K&N, drilled 180* t-stat, tint all around, clear corners w/SilverStars, "PONTIAC" light up tail, PEMs, NGK TR55s