If you are looking for a job to get you started at fixing your own car, the struts wouldn’t be my first choice. That’s a pretty difficult job for a novice to take on. Make sure you understand the jargon first. Stut is a shock absorber, which fits inside a coil spring. When you replace the “stut” you only replace that, and keep the same coil spring. Replace w/a quick strut means you replace both, the QS come pre-assembled. But then you don’t have the OEM coil spring any longer which adds some variables into the suspension system which might prove difficult to diagnose later. That’s why I prefer to replace the strut only. And to do that involves the spring compressor, which like I say isn’t a good place for a novice to start.
Even if you go the QS method, replacing it isn’t a simple job. The strut is a structural part of the car, and when you remove it the suspension system will drop from frame. So you have to support both the car’s body (chassis) and the suspension system when you do this job. And once that is all done, you’ll have to get a wheel alignment done. So figure that into the cost-mix.
On the other hand, if you are of the mind “no time like the present to learn how, full speed ahead”, go for it. It’s entirely possible for a novice to do this job. Just make sure you fully understand the procedure – best to have access to the factory service manual procedure – and have all the required tools to do it safely. And a safe and preferably enclosed place to do it. Yes, you can rent the spring compressors from auto parts stores. Suggest you have on hand two floor jacks, one for the chassis and one for the suspension. In addition to jack stands.
As for the 60 K maintenance, what does that entail? I presume there’s no timing belt to change, right?
My advice, for what it is worth – and towards full disclosure some here claim I’m just a guesser – my advice is to start by learning how to properly change the oil and oil filter. Until you feel confident in doing that job correctly and safely, leave the other stuff to the pros. From that you can extend to other more difficult jobs if you decide you want to continue. Search around using the forum search feature here, as there was a good thread a couple of years ago about tips on making changing the oil and filter easy as pie. Best of luck.