Does the Honda Civic’s rear brake pads really cost more than the rear brake pads of a Jaguar? How does a car that sport a half a million ringgit price tag, that puts out over 250bhp require a set of brake pads that are cheaper than a Japanese saloon which has nearly half the power and a third of the price?
Your braking system is made out of your brake discs, calipers, brake pads and the hydraulic circuitry which links your brake pedal to the braking mechanism. Braking system is designed based on the car’s performance and weight mostly. So if a car weighs more and provides higher performance, then the braking system will be engineered to cope with those demands.
Yet, the Honda Civic, a 1.5 liter turbocharged car with only 171bhp and 220Nm of torque, has a set of rear brake pads that cost RM867.64 a set. That’s more expensive than the RM776.00 required for a set of rear brake pads for the 2.0 turbocharged, 250bhp, 350Nm Jaguar XF. The Honda service center provided a 15% discount on the brake pads which brought the price down to RM737.49. Yet it’s still more expensive than the rear brake pads of a Mini Cooper S (RM392.35), Peugeot 308 THP (RM546), the front brake pads of the Peugeot 208 GTi (RM426) and the Volkswagen Polo GTi (RM671.80), plus the OEM pads of a 997 Porsche Carrera S (est RM500). All the prices were taken in December 2019, including the Civic, and these are prices from the authorized service centers (excluding the Porsche). In fact, the rear pads of the Civic is more expensive than some disc sets of these cars and they all put out a much higher performance than the Civic, by a long way.
Brakes are an essential part of any car. Its the one component that cannot be compromised in design or in maintenance. Your brakes have to work at optimum levels at all time, or else risking more than just vehicle and property damage. We will be inspecting the Honda Civic’s rear brake pads closely with our engineering partners at Inoque Engineering, to investigate if there’s anything significant or special with the construction of the braking system. When we requested an explanation from Honda’s service centre though, the answer was that “this is how it is for the Honda Civic”. Meanwhile Route Hunters has contacted Honda Malaysia for comment and is awaiting their reply
So why is the brake pads very expensive on what is essentially a bargain car? Would Honda Malaysia be able to offer a more justified explanation for this? What are your thoughts about the Honda’s brake pad pricing? Share your thoughts in the comments below!