Despite NoDubs good intent, your 300E springs do not need to be compressed in order to remove and replace your front struts (shocks) -- they are both independent of each other, not the MacPherson type as I suppose are found on VW's.
3 bolts hold the front shocks in place on the bottom portion, one 22 mm bolt up top in the engine bay. To access the shock easier, turn the wheel for clearer access around the brake rotor/caliper.
This is a very easy DIY job, even for a woman. (sorry
'91 300E, 212K miles
"Smoke silver/cream beige interior
Hella Euro headlights
Updated 94-95 tails and side markers
8 hole 15 x 7 Sportline rims
Yokohama AVS Db 205/15/60 tires