1.) Could be; wouldn't let it go if true.
2.) would have to see it first to believe it @ 60K miles. Any front end noise or symptoms? What"s your geographic location?
3.) Do you have gorillas as passengers? I thought not. Sounds like a BLATANT overdiagnosis and money generator.
The Golden Rule
1984 300SD (bought new, sold it in 1988, bought it back 13 yrs. later)