I am looking at a 2008 Escape Hybrid with 23K miles, it is a 2WD. I am ignorant as to how these things work. I value your input and honesty!

1) Can I do routine maintenance (oil, brakes) or does it ALWAYS have to go to the dealer?

2) Can I purchase an extended battery warranty after the 100,000 miles expires? (I plan on keeping it for a LONG time!)

3) How do the 2WD's do in the snow, does the Advancetrac really help?

I REALLY appreciate your thoughts and time. We will be deciding between the hybrid and standard 2WD in the next few days...