I've just heard it from people now and again when I've talked about this issue. I've had the problem for some time so I've asked around a bit. How sure are you that this is absolutely what is causing it? I certainly agree as the issue is FOR SURE centering around the brakes. I can idle for ages and the lights do not come on until the brakes are pressed. Thanks for the help.
Absolutely. In fact, if I'm wrong, I'll refund the money you paid me for my advice.
Okay, let's be serious.
Of course I can't promise you that, and no one here can, at least if they are honest and not a know-it-all turd.
But here is what I do know.
1. 95% of the time, what you have described is the brake light switch. To be clear, it has nothing to do with the brakes themselves (your suspicion), just the switch that trips when you step on the brake pedal.
2. You've lived with this got a while, which means you've been driving the safety equivalent of a 1985 Chevy Celebrity. In the event of an accident that could leave the door open for additional liability on your part.
3. If #2 concerns you, and well it should, this should be your highest priority.
4. A new brake light switch will cost you $22-30 at the dealer (depending on their greed) and 30-60 minutes of your time (depending on your ability) with ordinary tools.
5. Your only other alternative is to continue to ignore it or go pay perhaps several hundred dollars for a system diagnostic...and probably end up with a new brake light switch.
6. You came here seeking advice -- free advice -- from people who at least have some history and knowledge with these cars. If your intent was to simply challenge those who offered advice...well, that usually has a rather chilling effect.
7. If I owned your car, the first thing I'd have done as soon as I had time after those lights popped on would have been to open the trunk and get the brake light switch and replace it. (Yes, they are unreliable enough that I carry one, just waiting for that shoe to drop.)