So TLDR i got a used '16 jetta from a dealership here and im pretty sure they did the pads while they had it. My first 2 cars were early 90s firebirds and im used to their terrible braking capabilities. As a matter of fact, all my cars were old with bad braking capabilities. The newest one i had was a 2001 celica. This jetta was the exact opposite when i got it, just thinking about touching the brake would cause an annoying nosedive and i would lose speed very quickly. I get that that is the point of brakes, but i want something more gradual. For example, in my firebirds i could maneuver the vehicle while using the brakes to slow down (like if im backing into a parking spot) whereas with this jetta it was stop and go. It didnt seem possible to slowly brake, it was either in motion and the brakes were not engaged, or coming to an immediate and annoyingly sudden stop because i was trying to slow down and not run over the concrete stopper. I couldnt even back in/pull in to parking spots with it, i would stop, give a bit of gas, stop, gas, etc. Its incredibly annoying, but my pads are really bad now (they started squeaking like 2 months ago) and need to be replaced but i dont want to go back to that stop and go BS. Is there any way to make the braking power more gradual? Id thought of downgrading from ceramic pads but i dont think that would fix my issue.