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Brake Abs Warning Light problems of the 2002 Mercedes Benz ML320

Three problems related to brake abs warning light have been reported for the 2002 Mercedes Benz ML320.

car   Brake Abs Warning Light problem 1
Failure Date: 08/04/2016

The contact owns a 2002 Mercedes Benz Ml320. The contact stated that while driving at 60 mph, the brakes independently engaged and caused the vehicle to veer to the side of the road. The contact mentioned that the abs warning light illuminated and then the entire instrument panel illuminated. The vehicle was restarted but the failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic where it was diagnosed that the brake lamp switch failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The contact mentioned that the VIN was included in NHTSA campaign number: 11v208000 (vehicle speed control). The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 144,000.

car   Brake Abs Warning Light problem 2
Failure Date: 02/27/2016

The contact owns a 2002 mercedes-benz Ml320. While driving 10 mph, the vehicle felt as if it slammed on the brakes without the contact depressing the brake pedal. The contact stated that the ebs and abs warning lights remained illuminated. The contact also stated that the vehicle made a loud screeching sound when being driven. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic where it could not be diagnosed. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was approximately 175,000.

car   Brake Abs Warning Light problem 3
Failure Date: 01/11/2012

I recently took my 2002 Ml320 into my local mercedes repair shop (fairfield, CT) to have some work done. When I collected the vehicle and as I was leaving, the esp/bas, ets and abs lights came on simultaneously. This had happened on many previous occasions over the years and every time I had mentioned it to the mercedes service people they have said that this is a common fault and that I should turn off the engine, wait and then re-start and this should clear the issue. This had mostly worked until this recent occasion. Instead it the lights remained on and so I immediately drove the car back into the repair shop. The repair shop kept the vehicle for several days trying to isolate the cause. Eventually they found some serious corrosion in the esp/hydraulic control unit. They told me that this was related to an accident the car was involved in and suggested I contact my insurer. The insurance assessor examined the car in detail and concluded that the fault was entirely unrelated and their diagnosis was that the design of the unit was flawed. In other words this is a design fault. They said that given that this unit controls the entire braking system, any failure could be catastrophic. I had no choice but to authorize the repair. However, I am very concerned about this issue. The unit has been replaced at a cost of nearly $2,400 but if as the geico insurance assessor believes, this is a design fault then this is going to happen again. Additionally, it seems that the unit had been corroded for some time and could have failed at any time but because it is such a common occurrence for these warning lights to come on, no-one investigated the issue with the unit until recently. My related concern is that the unit could fail at any time and this possibility places me and my family in potential danger. Mercedes declined to take any action.

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