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Michelin Defender tire

 
Approximate retail price:
$130
Summary: A T speed rated tire suitable for many family cars. Comes with a 90,000 mile tread wear warranty in selected speed ratings.
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About - Michelin Defender

The Michelin Defender is part of the tire test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, all season tire models like the Defender are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Dry braking:
Dry braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Wet braking:
Wet braking is from 60 to 0 mph.

Handling:
Handling includes how well the tires gripped in an avoidance maneuver involving a swerve into the left lane and back into the right lane; dry and wet cornering grip; and subjective steering feel.
About This Brand

A French company, Michelin has its North America headquarters in Greenville, S.C. As a global tire maker, it offers tires for nearly all applications. In North America, it owns the BFGoodrich and Uniroyal brands. Founded in 1891, Michelin first introduced the radial tire, and the company continues to be a pioneer in tire technologies. Michelin tires generally perform impressively in our all-weather tests and offer many models with low rolling resistance and long tread life.

Features & Specs - Michelin Defender
info Speed rating T
info Treadwear warranty 90,000
info UTQG treadwear 820
info UTQG traction A
info UTQG temperature B
info Size tested 215/60R16
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User Reviews - Michelin Defender
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1.0
Poor Performance
4/17/2015
Pros
Handling
Value
Cons
Reliability
Best Uses
Comment:
Driven these tires for about 15000 miles. A day ago while driving at 55 mph my right rear tire expolded leaving only the tread intact but the side walls were in many pieces. The tire pressures were checked two days before and were at the recommended 35 psi and they appeared to all be in good shape. The tread was hardly worn down. I am at a loss as to the reason for this catastrophic failure. No one was hurt but it could have caused serious injury. It scared the heck out of me when it happened. I cannot recommend these tires. I will be taking the tire pieces back to the dealer.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Big disappointment
4/13/2015
Pros
Handling
Ride comfort
Cons
Tread life
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
My favorite local tire store, Discount, advised these tires were the best for the money and came with a 90K mile warranty. The ride was noticeably impressive right away. I drive very short distances to work, in a manual transmission with very light brake use, and occasional longer trips on the freeway. I checked the pressure regularly. Less than two years from purchase, with only a little over 20K on the tires, the remaining tread was 3/32 and my mechanic recommended replacement. I was temporarily in ski town and the tires performed miserably on snow-packed, icy, and slushy roads. Luckily, Discount pro-rate the wear (the so-called $90K warranty did not cover premature wear, only defects or damage!), and I came out ok. Very disappointing and inexplicable. Discount reported that this is still a tire they highly recommend.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
4.0
We have 2 sets in the family
2/11/2015
Pros
Handling
Tread life
Wet grip
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I have a set on my 2006 Forester and thought highly enough of the wet traction to get a set on my daughter's 2006 Altima. The wet traction and resistance to hydroplaning are excellent. The treadware [at 10-15K] appears to be excellent. Handling is secure. It is better than average, and good enough, on all other major features, but there are individually better choices for high performance driving and, I think, for noise, although probably not in the same tire. There are no actual cons for this tire.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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