Brake Light Switch Failure May Cause ESP/BAS Warning Lights on Mercedes-Benz E430

The ESP and BAS warning lights may illuminate due to a failed brake light switch. Replacement of the failed switch should correct this concern.

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Average mileage: 121,250 (69,000–200,000)
5 model years affected: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, more2002
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2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 200,000 mi,
Brake light switch replaced 2times, on 2nd repair vehicle will not come out of Park!!!!
2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 119,000 mi,
I had no brake lights and I noticed no power at lights. Tested brake light switch and found out it was faulty. Replaced switch but every now and again the lights come back but they come back with a worse problem and other stealership if trying to get me back in lol
2000 Mercedes-Benz E430 69,000 mi,
Stuck in park dealer says need brake light switch and shifter replaced will cost 2000!
I purchased new brake light switch from dealer and a mechanic friend installed for me. Total cost was about $80.