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Hi there. I think you have a couple of issues with this vehicle. I've never heard of the engine stopping to crank when the brake pedal is touched, but in theory what that would say to me is that either the starter is drawing a crazy amount of current, or the battery isn't so good, or it is discharged, even though it is new.
Many possibilities with this one. Have you checked for ignition spark with a spark tester? Have you had a look at the the timing belt? The belt may be broken, or have skipped some teeth. Any fuel pressure?
So, and engine need air, fuel (pressure and injector pulse) spark, and proper compression and valve timing to work.
Does the engine sound funny when you crank it over? That may indicate a timing belt issue.
If this information has been helpful, please rate me and close up the question. Thanks. Canuck.
OK. Happy to hear you got it beat!