As its been mentioned in the wheel section of this forum, im moving the topic to here, as Honda have confirmed its a known problem, and that it is normal for this car.
Its a huge irritation for me and the 10g civic, the car as a whole is great. Its just the brakes.
I've been having a too and fro with Honda via email over their brakes, and the noise, and how other new cars which have brakes under the new standards, do not have any squeal when braking.
As its a known issue and 'normal' according to Honda, ive been prying, to see if theyre working on a long term solution for this issue, and unfortunately, they're not.
Thank you for contacting Honda (UK).
I was sorry to learn of the brake noise you report experiencing with your Honda Civic.
I have spoken with (My dealers name), who confirmed the issue you describe. He was pleased to confirm that no manufacturing defect could be found with the brakes of your vehicle.
I can confirm that the explanation provided to you regarding the cause of the noise is correct. Manufacturers are no longer permitted, by law, to use asbestos as a material for brake pads. Due to the compound of the softer material, it is normal for Honda drivers to experience an amount of residual noise from the brake pads. Replacement of the brake pads will not eradicate the noise so Honda (UK) does not recommend premature brake pad replacement as a resolve for this issue. As Honda (UK) are now limited to certain materials to manufacture brake pads as a result of the legislation and such noise has no impact on the performance of the brakes, Honda (UK) are not currently investigating this issue further.
They went on to say;
Honda dealerships can offer a brake clean, which can sometimes reduce the noise level permitted by the brakes. I have discussed this option with (my Dealer), who is more than happy to offer this to you, free of charge, in light of your dissatisfaction with the noise. Please expect contact from (My Dealer), who will arrange a time to book your vehicle in and complete the clean.
So I'm guessing aftermarket brake pads will be a big thing for the 10g's in the coming months/years, as this Squeal is highly embarrassing when coming to a stop.
Setting the radio to Volume 15-20 only just drowns out the noise for me currently. Its putting a huge damper on the experience in the car, all down to new materials in the brake pads.
However, in the meantime, as mentioned in the email from Honda, If anyone else is having brake squeal, insist on a brake clean from your dealer, id go as far as to say, try and get it done under warranty.