I have had problems with various cars, losing grip when you really need it. It comes down to the tyres. If all tyres are in contact with the road, and grip is lost, even if they are not the driven wheels, then the tyre compound was probably too hard.
The harder the compound, the less warning you get when they come unstuck, i.e. centrifugal forces overcome any grip.
On FWD cars, the rears might need to be softer as there is no weight helping the grip. You need to find a better tyre, but the fronts might wear more quickly.
It's interesting what you're saying here, as I'd imagine the tyres were a hard compound, they were very low profile and seemed to have no real "give". From memory, I think the rear tyre pressures were higher than the front as well. Also when I bought the car, it needed new front tyres, the dealership fitted those, but the rears were fine, so the front tyres would've had more tread on them.
Of course, ESP would've solved all this and I'm surprised it wasn't a standard feature (it is on the 2.5 V6).
I've sold the car now and got a Ford Mondeo with higher profile tyres and ESP, traction control etc, and it's far more secure in the wet. I'm treating it to some Vredestein Quatrac 3 all season tyres in a few months ready for the winter, as I've found in the snow etc there's a huge difference between "summer" tyres (what most people unwittingly leave on their car in winter), and "all season" or "winter" tyres.
You're right. My 2.7 V6 span for absolutely no good reason in the dry! There were no warning signs.
This car is a death trap in terms of the unpredictable snap oversteer, but the apologists and enthusiasts will blame the victims and continue claiming this car handles well.
It's twitchy, prone to spinning and not that fast, stylish or well-made.
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