The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern. A recall on certain 2000-2001 models have been recalled for a related issue - for more information please click here»Google+
Car Problem Reports
Mercedes-Benz ML430 Brake Light Switch Failure May Cause ESP/BAS Warning Lights
Mercedes-Benz ML430 Problem
Average Mileage: 128,839 mi (10,600 mi - 225,000 mi)
Visitor, 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 112,000 mi
while driving, the BAS ESP ligth went on . i park the car turn the engine off . when i try to start the car again everything was fine ,exept for the warning light still on and i could not disengage from the parking position I was stuck.the solution was easy, but you have to know it;;; there is a switch at the buttom of the gear lever [just under the 1 gear] you need a pencil long enough to reach for it , then you push on it and it release the locking pin and you are free to go.... but better change the breack switch ....
All Brake light indicators ABS, etc. have been permanently illuminated now for 0ver 6 months! I finally just put black duct tape over them to keep them from distracting me.
Visitor, 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 116,000 mi
ESP/BAS light intermittent on and off, goes away if turn ignition off
Visitor, 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 225,000 mi
My ESP& BAS light has been on for over a year
Visitor, 2001 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 120,000 mi
My BAS/EPS lights came on and have stayed on. The mechanic says it is a switch. I would like the information on the recall if it is available.
Visitor, 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 76,000 mi
My ESP/BAS warning lights comes on occasionally. Wasn't aware this could have been caused by a faulty brake light switch. I would turn off the vehicle and restart it in the past to make the lights go out. I will replace the brake light switch and provide an update upon completion.
Visitor, 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 78,890 mi
Light stays one BAS ESP
Visitor, 1999 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 10,600 mi
had the ESP/DAS warning light on
Visitor, 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 157,000 mi
BAS/ESP ETS and ABS lights stay illuminated
Visitor, 2000 Mercedes-Benz ML430, 147,142 mi
My brake lights don't go on, cruise control don't work, bas lights on, shifter is locked. I will try this fix and reply if it worked.