I'd definitely recommend getting a shop manual, I got one for $50 off ebay. We figured this out from reading the manual:
Apparently, the big difference is that if you need to bleed the brakes, you have to have the computer, and then you have to power down the hybrid system yada yada and the dealership charges hundreds of $$ extra for that.
So my dad and I did my brakes (he's the expert not me!) and he had the blocks for the calipers to squeeze while the they were off, so they didn't need to be bled at all, and it went off without a hitch. So if your friend knows how to do brakes without bleeding (not standard procedure at shops AFAIK, more of a home trick) then you should be okay.
This was rear discs, not sure if the front would be different somehow.
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