Thanks for setting me straight. Sounds more like the setup on my classic Saab 900. The verbiage threw me-never heard a shock absorber referred to as a strut. There's probably some physical or functional attribute of the MB setup that makes "strut" more accurate, perhaps the absence of a-arms.
The top nuts on the Saab are a son-of-a-gun without a very special socket that allows counterholding the shaft. Most people just cut the shaft with a torch or grinding wheel. I've found with new installs that if I liberally Never-Sieze the threads and grease the exposed portion of threads I can remove them non-destructively if needed in the future with the air wrench.
I was too busy with engine work on my old Benzes to get much of a look at the suspension!