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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
I'll never buy this tire again
9/19/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Wet grip
Cons
Never Owned A Tire This N
Noise
Best Uses
Comment:
I've owned seven or eight different sets of Michelin tires and I've never had a set of tires that is so noisy. If it wasn't for the cost, I take tem off.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Is Michelin still a quality tire?
9/11/2014
Pros
Cons
Tread life
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought these tires expecting to have them a long time. After all they are Michelin and rated at 90,000 miles. After 34,000 miles pieces of tread began to come off the tires. After about 36,000 miles they are near to needing replacement because the tread is almost completely worn down.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Defender Tires Lasted only 30,000 miles
9/11/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Cons
Tread life
Winter traction
Best Uses
Comment:
I purchased these tires exclusively for the 90,000 mile warrenty. That was 30,000 miles ago. Yesterday the technician inspecting my car said the tires would pass this inspection but were very worn and should be replaced. I could understand if they had travelled 60 or 70,000 miles, but 30,000?<br /><br />The technician also said that Michellin will not honor the warrenty because the wear is uneven, meaning the outer edge is more worn than the center. Again I would understand if the mileage was higher. The tires were rotated every 7500 miles. And I check the pressure monthly.<br /><br />I do drive alot on the highway, but also on country roads. I do not peel out or stress the tires with sharp turns, etc. <br /><br />These tires also so do not grip well in the snow, but that is a different matter, based solely on the fact that they are supposedly made to wear slowly.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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