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Esp light coming on

Did that solution of turning the steering wheel from left to right work for you.

I had the same problem....did what the guest guy said....and it worked like a dream.

Couldn't believe it....thought he was taking the pi**.

Well that saved me £400 from the MB ripoff company then !!!!!

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    I am sure it is a short term fix, don't be so quick to judge my friend.



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It is not a short term fix, it works also on the ABS light problem but only if the ignition was not switched on during replacement of parts.

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