Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: New Iberia, Louisiana
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@cookieman214, since I'm not that Honda Engineer and since I have no evidences that a Honda Engineer has when he was testing his engines with different metal contents, what all I can do is make some reasonable assumptions when Honda decides on an oil with its accompanying metal contents. To see how valid and reliable my assumptions are, as an outsider, I have no choice but to fall back on lab results of VOAs. I'm curious to know if there are any differences in the VOAs of different oils. If there are any differences, then do we ignore them? If we ignore them, then why do a lab analysis in the first place? I think some people decide to ignore the analysis because they already made up their mind about which oil they want to use. As far as I'm concerned, I didn't make up my mind and I'm always willing to inform myself and make informed decisions. I have some pointed questions and I'm looking for answers. So far, the answer that is being given most commonly is 'sales pitch'. That doesn't sound the least bit convincing in the wake of the glaring differences in metal contents between HGMO and other generic oils.
Even if this is a 'sales pitch', my local dealership sells me 5 quarts HGMO 5W-20 synthetic for $31 + tax (Nearly 30% off MSRP). Walmart sells 5 quarts jug M1 5W-20 synthetic for $25.17 + tax. That's just $6 I'll be paying more for OEM oil until I get compelling reasons to use generic oils. For now, I'm with the car manufacturer.
2012 Toyota Avalon Limited, Magnetic Grey - Wife's Car
2012 Honda Odyssey Touring Elite, Alabaster Silver - Family Hauler/My daily ride
2003 Accord EXV6, 5AT Sedan- Sold
Current OEM: Moonroof Visor, Window Visors, Roof Rails, Crossbars, Body Side Moldings, Splash Guards, Cargo Tray, Door-Sill Garnish, All-Weather Floor Mats, Wheel Locks
Future OEM: Remote Engine Start
"Performance modifications are not worth the hassle on an old daily ride. Buy a performance car instead " - Accord_Rules