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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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User Reviews
User Reviews

 
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.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
 
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.
The Michelin Defender is part of the Tires test program at Consumer Reports. The Michelin Defender Tires features and specs include Size tested, Treadwear warranty, UTQG temperature, UTQG traction, UTQG treadwear, Speed rating. In our lab tests, Tires models like the Michelin Defender are reviewed on Noise, Overall score, Handling, Dry braking, Hydroplaning, Ice braking, Ride comfort, Rolling resistance, Snow traction, Tread life, Wet braking. Consumer Reports subscribers share reviews of the Michelin Defender based on personal experience. The user reviews of the Michelin Defender include star ratings, pros, cons, best uses, and a bottom line review to help guide your purchasing decision of the Michelin Defender.
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