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Is it normal that the pedal travel only feels like it is a couple of inches? As grabby as the brakes are at initial bite, I often feel like I have to really push on them to make the car stay stopped vs idling forward...

For example, and not that you would do this on a normal basis, but in most cars you feel like you can push the pedal “to the floor” but in my Q.V. the pedal won’t travel past the first couple inches...
 

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Same here on a diesel. I wouldn't mind it so much if it weren't for the fact that I just can't make a smooth stop. With a bit more travel I could stop the car with precision (smoothness) I guess.
 

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It’s because it’s a brake-by-wire system. The pedal feel is provided by a foam block to approximate the feel of a hydraulic system.

This has been discussed in depth on the forum if you want to explore it more deeply.

The general consensus is that the brake feel when coming to a stop is the main issue.
 

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Vacuum brake booster used to provide that cushion in the pedal, lotsa cars today don’t have one and the brakes are firmer and more direct because of it.
 
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