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Regenerative braking. Is this normal?

So when I test drove the model 3 regen would bring the car to a complete stop.

For me it slows the car but does not stop the car completely irrespective of the street is straight sloping up or down. I have to tap on the brake slightly to make it stop completely.

Is this normal?

Also the brakes squeak when I drive after it has stood a while in heavy rain.

Is this normal?

Yes, I have confirmed that creep is off.
 

03DSG

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Normal. As well once a week or so and every time after washing the car I turn the regen down from Standard to Low for a few km's around town. This lets me exercise the brakes to dry them out after washing and to clean up the disc/pad surface of any rust/contamination. With regen on Standard the brakes are under utilized and rarley get a chance to heat up.
 
The BMW and Toyota never squeaked.
Model 3 is only 1 month old.. rust so soon?
Maybe you just didn’t hear it or didn’t pay attention. A thin layer of rust on the rotors can develop as quickly as overnight and will cause the brakes to squeak for a few seconds when they’re first engaged. This is perfectly normal and happens on all cars with disc brakes.
 

ewoodrick

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So when I test drove the model 3 regen would bring the car to a complete stop.

For me it slows the car but does not stop the car completely irrespective of the street is straight sloping up or down. I have to tap on the brake slightly to make it stop completely.

Is this normal?

Also the brakes squeak when I drive after it has stood a while in heavy rain.

Is this normal?

Yes, I have confirmed that creep is off.

Regen braking never did bring the car to a complete stop. Just doesn't work that way on a Tesla. What you probably experienced was creep turned off which may sometimes seem as if the comes to a stop, but it actually is just in neutral.
 

Nocturnal

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The BMW and Toyota never squeaked.
Model 3 is only 1 month old.. rust so soon?
Because of regen our brakes don't get cleaned off nearly as much as an ICE. It's normal. If it bothers you turn off regen for a few minutes here and there or brake hard occasionally.
No they were not Hybrids. thanks for clarifying, looks like everything is normal. Thanks everyone.
I wished the regen was more aggressive
Dumb question, but you have it on the higher setting right? I think it's pretty aggressive, feels like downshifting. IMO they made it not come to a stop from regen for safety reasons. I assume they don't want people forgetting how to use their brake pedal.
 

Nocturnal

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Actually I think it's more that regen doesnt really work below a certain speed since the mechanical resistance from the electric motor (in regen mode) decreases with decreased speed.
That's definitely possible. Aren't there some EVs that are genuinely 1 pedal driving? I guess they might apply the brake for you?
 

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