Thanks for the feedback, Ryan M-- it's only hard to depress when I first put my foot on the pedal and push the starter button. As soon as it starts (which is stilted because I can't press the brake down all the way), then the brake pedal releases and it's normal-- but before, it's like it's stuck- little to no give. Same when driving and stopping, no problems. It's only when I start the car. Frustrating.