I just replaced the trunk weatherstrip on my 1999 Civic coupe because the old one was rotting, rain was getting into the trunk, and I'm pretty sure that was the culprit. The replacement weatherstrip is a Metro brand, and instead of one continuous closed loop, it is an open "length" of strip.
Link provided: http://www.partstrain.com/store/?N=0&src=search&Ntt=M71TK70
I must not have been tugging enough while fitting the thing onto the metal lip of the trunk, because when I finished the job, there was about half an inch gap between the two ends of the weatherstrip. The gap is at the bottom center of the trunk, near the latch.
Is it harmful to have such a gap?
I don't imagine much water will get up through the gap, but since my goal in doing this was to stop water getting in the trunk, it would be silly to leave it as-is if this won't fix the problem.