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Michelin Defender
 
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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2.0
Not Happy
8/28/2014
Pros
Handling
Ride comfort
Cons
Noise
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
Just replaced 4 defender's. They lasted 44000 miles. Mostly highway driving. At around 39 k I noticed pieces of tire treads falling off the tires and took the car to the tire dealer I purchased them from. He suggested I rotate them and said the tread falling off was normal wear. I told him I never seen a tire wear like that to which he responded again it was normal wear. I drove on them for 6 k more miles and replaced them with a different tire. The tires were just about bald. I do mostly highway driving. The tires were always very noisy and really were not very good in a heavy rain. I expected more out of a michelin.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
5.0
Customer Support
8/14/2014
Pros
Customer Support
Handling
Tread life
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
Best Uses
Comment:
I had Michelein Hydroedge tires on the car, the 2 in back, 2 year old, The ones in front 6 year old, 70,000 miles , on the 90,000 warranty they were cracking and needed to be replaced.<br />Michelin no longer makes the Hydro edge and recommended the Defender.<br />In need of good safe tires and it has always been Michelin. As a nurse needing to drive early mornings before the plows come through or the middle of night when on call. My tires are my first safety defense. I need a tire that will be good in all weather conditions and as you can see from the reviews the Defender is one of the top picks.<br />When I contacted Michelin and expressed concern regarding tires, and the inability to match treads, they referred me to Sears. Sears assessed the tires, and contacted Michelin, Michelin authorized 25 % off purchase of two new tires ,for the older tires. 75 % off the purchase of the 2 new tires. for the tires that are two years old . Back on the road again. PS important register you tires when you buy them that way Michelin knows when you bought the tires and milage .
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
2.0
Very noisy when two years old
8/2/2014
Pros
Relatively Quiet When New
Cons
Very Loud 2 Years
Best Uses
Comment:
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
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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