Very noisy when two years old
Relatively Quiet When New
Sorry this is so long, but I think my observations are relevant to someone who is considering this tire, and it seems anything shorter would have left perplexing gaps.<br /><br />I bought a used van with four Defender XT's, ostensibly from the local warehouse store, since they are the only one's i know of that use green caps.<br /><br />Two were almost worn out, and two had a good amount of tread left. The almost worn out ones were really, really loud, which can be expected... I could hear the tires with tread left too, but they were mounted in the back and I thought the sound deadening in the rear doors or wheel wells might not have been that great. <br /><br />I replaced the two worn out tires that were on the front with two Defender tires ( no XT ) from the local discount tire store ( The tread pattern looks the same, without the benefit of having them side by side). I did not check the age of the worn out tires before I replaced them, but the other two with some tread left were manufactured in the 18th week of 2012. <br /><br />Of course, when I just replaced two tires, the shop put the new ones on the back and the other ones on the front. ( the two year old tires measured 7/32's of tread left, and I had put 8000 miles on them in the three months since I bought the van. )<br /><br />Now, the tires that have been switched to the front, two years old with 7/32's of tread remaining, are almost unbearably loud. With the two year old tires making such a racket, the new tires on the back seem as quiet as a mouse. So the problem is the tires, not the sound deadening from the back of the van. The noise varies, with speed and pavement type, but it is too loud at speeds above 30 mph.<br /><br />I expect that new tires would be quieter than two year old tires, and have always discounted when reviewers compare the sound level of new tires with the old tires that were just replaced, but I did not expect that two year old tires would be this loud, and the noise from the totally worn out pair kept me from realizing how loud this pair was. <br /><br />Previously, I have bought tires that were rated higher ( H or better, usually with A temperature ratings ), with better grip, and wore out sooner ( 400 to 500 tread wear ), but cost less. I preferred that type of tire mainly because tires do not improve with age, high mileage tires have trade offs in other areas, and if someone hits your vehicle and totals it, you will get no more money if it has tires with a 90,000 mile rating than tires with a 35,000 mile rating. The local discount tire store did not have a tire like that in stock, in the size for my van, so I settled on what they had.<br /><br />Some tires lose wet traction at about two years, no matter the amount of tread left ( my experience with Goodyear RSA's ) and apparently some get too loud. <br /><br />If I were not driving so much lately, I would cut my losses and buy four different new tires. Since it looks like I will be driving enough to get a good amount of the worth out of these tires in a couple of years, I will probably just replace the ones that are now two years old, drive them until they get too loud, and replace them all with something else at that time.<br /><br />In summary, if I were going to invest in tires with a high tread rating, it would not be Michelin Defenders, due to the noise level at their second birthday.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.