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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
not impressed at all
7/10/2014
Pros
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Cons
Only Got 12 Thousand Mile
Tread life
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
not happy at all.. I was expecting to get at least 6 or 7 years. got just over 1
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 and Central Texas Heat
7/1/2014
Pros
Wet grip
Cons
Noise
Tread Cracking
Tread life
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
at just over 30k on these tires<br />tires were balanced and rotated as required<br />am down to 5/32 all around<br />tread is cracked all over<br />road noise can get unbearable<br />these tires are not designed for the central Texas weather/heat
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Noisiest Tires I Ever Bought
6/27/2014
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Tread life
Wet grip
Cons
Noise
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought a 3-yr old Accord with brand new Dunlops on it. As a condition of the sale, I made the dealer pay for half the price of upgrading to Michelins. That's all I've used for over 30 years. Most of my Michelin ownership has been with MXV4s with which I've always had excellent service. From day one, these Defenders had a loud low-pitched whine between 30 and 50 mph. It sounded just like a bad wheel bearing, but couldn't be because the noise wasn't there with the Dunlops.<br />Now the tires have 13k miles on them. The whine has gone away as the tread wore in, but now general road noise is TERRIBLE with these tires. To look at them (and feel the tread) you would swear they were brand new. I should mention that this is the first complaint I've EVER had with Michelin tires and I'm almost ashamed to rat on them. I will use these tires for probably 100k miles, then replace them with MXV4s.
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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