Early Versions of Central Gateway Module Have Software Problems on Mercedes-Benz E350 4MATIC

The early versions of the central gateway module (which allows different systems to communicate with each other) have software problems. 

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Average mileage: 76,000 (70,000–82,000)
5 model years affected: 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, more2010
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Central Gateway Control Module and Transmission Conduit went out at the same time. The car would not shift out of 1st gear and smoke came from the back end of the car. What is really frustrating is that we have the top of the line extended warranty and they won't cover this!
I had the same problem . interior light dim automatically, AC turns on and off automatically, and brake check engine lights turn on and off and show display malfunction. I had to take it to the dealer and found that the central gateway module part # 1695406945 has corrosion and warranty doesn't cover. Part price was around 180$ and labor is 800$ .. what a big crappy dealer here in San Juan Tx.