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Does GM's Dexos mean anything for Honda?

I see the "Dexos" designation on some bottles of oil. I know that means they are Dexos approved which is important for GM apparently, but does that mean that the oil is any better? What does that mean for GM?

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Dexos is a license not a spec, so what it means is in order to keep your GM warranty you need to use Dexos licensed oil. This is a marketing ploy as oil producers that wish to display the dexos logo, get to pay GM a fee of $1000.00 per product licence. An additional charge of $0.36 per gallon also applies.


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So penzoil platinum 5w20 and 5w30 are dexos approved, but for some reason the PP 0w20 isn't dexos approved. IDK why they wouldn't just go ahead and get it licensed. It's my favorite oil to run.
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Even if you have a GM run any oil that has the API starburst on it and has a category of SN it will work. The Category SN has been out since October 2010.


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Dexos is a license not a spec, so what it means is in order to keep your GM warranty you need to use Dexos licensed oil. This is a marketing ploy as oil producers that wish to display the dexos logo, get to pay GM a fee of $1000.00 per product licence. An additional charge of $0.36 per gallon also applies.
I think Fiat/Chrysler has something similar. I suppose everyone else will follow eventually, and the price of oil will just go up as all the makes get a cut.

Who knows, maybe licensed gasoline will be next. (I don't seriously expect this, but I would expect something like it if fuel cells ever took off.)

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