Hello, I'm Jason. I will do my best to answer your question quickly and accurately using the information you have provided.
Which bushings are your mechanic referring to?
The brake pricing definitely sounds within the realm of normal for this car
I will move this session over to a tradition question/answer format, but as I still need to know information about the bushings, please do not accept this as an answer yet.
He could be speaking of the inner control arm bushings.
Can you tell me what the labor rate is at this shop?