No one said the oil in and of itself will cause damage. It will, using Honda’s word, provide adequate wear protection (have an adequate HT/HS). But no one should be so ignorant to think that it isn’t driven and caused by the desire for fuel economy, not ideal protection. Nobody can argue that a somewhat higher HT/HS is not desirable from that standpoint. If your ultimate and only goal is fuel economy then use it.Why is it that US and Japanese automakers seem to run 0w20 and thinner with no issue but apparently Euro can’t?
I personally don’t believe VW wouldn’t have specified 508.00 if it was going to cause damage. This oil is also used overseas so I guess that puts a hole in the CAFE argument.