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Old 02-29-2008, 10:59 PM   #1
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Default 08 Arua brake pedal closer then gas pedal

Hello fellow Aura Owners,
My wife just picked up her 08 Aura tonight. She noticed that the brake pedal is not directly left of her gas pedal (as it was in her ION and any other car she previously had). She has to let off the gas (obviously) and then lift her leg up about 2 - 3 inches to get to the brake pedal. She does NOT have the adjustable pedals.

Are all Aura's like this, the break being closer to the driver then the gas pedal?

Any info is appreciated.

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Old 02-29-2008, 11:01 PM   #2
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Hello fellow Aura Owners,
My wife just picked up her 08 Aura tonight. She noticed that the brake pedal is not directly left of her gas pedal (as it was in her ION and any other car she previously had). She has to let off the gas (obviously) and then lift her leg up about 2 - 3 inches to get to the brake pedal. She does NOT have the adjustable pedals.

Are all Aura's like this, the break being closer to the driver then the gas pedal?

Any info is appreciated.

Ralph
Yeah, all Aura's are like that, adjustable pedals or not. I don't mind it, but I can see where your wife might have trouble with high heels on.
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Old 02-29-2008, 11:13 PM   #3
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Default Re: 08 Arua brake pedal closer then gas pedal

so its just something she will eventually get used to then im sure.

Thanks for the quick response.
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Old 03-01-2008, 10:39 AM   #4
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I believe that it was mentioned in a car review too. Still, better that having the brake and accelerator pedal too close to each other like I did in my Passat. That feature cost me $800 when my wife's foot slipped off the brake and rammed a Lexus at a stop light!
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Old 03-03-2008, 05:37 PM   #5
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I believe that it was mentioned in a car review too. Still, better that having the brake and accelerator pedal too close to each other like I did in my Passat. That feature cost me $800 when my wife's foot slipped off the brake and rammed a Lexus at a stop light!
That's precisely the reason for it - preventing inadvertent acceleration.
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Old 03-03-2008, 06:26 PM   #6
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I noticed this too when I first drove the car. I understand the feature, but it can be annoying with a size 12 shoe lol It did not take me long to get used to, but did force me to really sit in the car and find a setting with my seat, pedals, and steering wheel, that felt the most comfortable.

I find in stop and go traffic I have to really pull up and flex my front shin muscle to change from gas to brake - back and forth. Don't forget I wear a big shoe lol Its a lot of landscape to life and move around!
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:44 PM   #7
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I too prefer the two pedals to be at slightly different heights though I do agree that the Aura's pedal heights are a little extreme. I recall my 2003 Vibe's pedal spacing being so close that I would catch the edge of my shoe's sole on the back of the brake pedal when lifting my foot off the gas pedal. Not good.

While we're talking about brakes, does anyone else think the Aura's brake pedal feel is unnecessarily squishy with too much travel? My 2005 G6 (the Aura's platform mate) had a firm pedal feel with little to no travel as does my 2008 Sky. I much prefer that setup than the rather insecure sensation of the Aura's soft feel and long travel.
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While we're talking about brakes, does anyone else think the Aura's brake pedal feel is unnecessarily squishy with too much travel? My 2005 G6 (the Aura's platform mate) had a firm pedal feel with little to no travel as does my 2008 Sky. I much prefer that setup than the rather insecure sensation of the Aura's soft feel and long travel.
I haven't noticed that at all. It's a good bit stiffer than my old SC2 and our 'Nox.
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That's precisely the reason for it - preventing inadvertent acceleration.
that doesn't make any sense. if the gas pedal is further away, in a sense "behind" the brake pedal, it actually makes this EASIER; your foot could slip off the brake into the gas. the way the OP worded his description, this is indeed the situation. note that whichever pedal is closer to the driver is more DIFFICULT to hit from the other pedal. in this case, the brake; not the gas.
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I haven't noticed that at all. It's a good bit stiffer than my old SC2 and our 'Nox.
i have not noticed this either. the only pedal-related complaint i have is the LACK of feedback from the gas. freaking hate it.
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that doesn't make any sense. if the gas pedal is further away, in a sense "behind" the brake pedal, it actually makes this EASIER; your foot could slip off the brake into the gas. the way the OP worded his description, this is indeed the situation. note that whichever pedal is closer to the driver is more DIFFICULT to hit from the other pedal. in this case, the brake; not the gas.
Well, the reasoning isn't which is forward and which is back - it could be either way - it's just so they aren't at the same level.
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I haven't noticed that at all. It's a good bit stiffer than my old SC2 and our 'Nox.
Both my XR and my friend's XR have the same pedal feel/travel so I don't really think there is anything wrong. The pedal simply doesn't engage the brakes as quickly and with as little travel as my Sky or 2005 G6.
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Well, the reasoning isn't which is forward and which is back - it could be either way - it's just so they aren't at the same level.
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