Just to update this thread. I have just received a letter from MB UK:
"URGENT - SAFETY RECALL" - REPLACE CHARGE AIR HOSE
Mine is a C Class Coupe 250 CDI purchased new in August 2011.
The re-call is do with the charge air hose which could have cracks appear and may lead to the engine switching...
Today on M1 - 4 Rolls Royces together looked like all had the plates starting with R and ending with LLS. They were shifting - managed to see R22LLS and R88LLS then all 4 turned off at Junction 11 towards Luton / Dunstable.
Good choice. My average MPG after 7K miles as per the computer is over 50 mpg - mainly work and 80% of that on motorway through 50mph roadworks. Good fun on the back roads with the sport button and paddles.
That reminds me of another ruse that the French use when you are 3 to 4 miles from the last toll booth on the way to Calais. The Gendarmerie are in the on the side of the autoroute (sometimes partially hidden) with the speed gun pointing and a pair of binoculars. You pass by knowing that you...
With regard to low emission zones, it is regulated but not widely enforced BUT this is supposed to change in Januanry 2012 see link below:
Germany Pledges to Strictly Enforce Vehicle Emissions Standards