I had a 300e. They're slow IMHO (it's all realative, no?). First gear starts are good tip. Another tip? Buy a faster car. Sorry, I don't mean to be facetious. I just test drove a '94 E320 the other day. What a difference. That extra 45 ponies (172 vs. 217 if I recall) really make a difference. I think it is as faster or faster than my 560sl. Well, maybe not above 60. The 279ft/lbs of tourque in the 560 gives some umph!!!
With all that said the 300e was one of my favorite cars ever. Maybe the finest sedan design ever...IMHO.
'88 560SL Pearl Black/Java 152K
'94 E320 Anthracite/Grey 89K
'94 E420 Black/Bamboo
'71 280SEL 4.5