Michelin Defender tire

 
Approximate retail price:
$117.58
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Summary: An all-season tire suitable for many family cars, small SUV's and light duty trucks. The Defender has an impressive 90,000 mile warranty, in-line with the wear potential determined by Consumer Reports own test results.
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1.0
Terrible tire
1/31/2016
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Comment:
Around small town and trips. We have 40,000 miles on these tires and we need new tires already. The ride is terrible. Purchased at Costco and they stated these tires do not hold up on vans. Said we might be eligible for some warranty money but would probably have to give up a child to prove that we rotated, I and inflated on schedule. Will never buy this brand again
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Do Not Buy for a minivan
1/31/2016
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The 90000 mile tread wear is a joke. Our tire tread was down to the tread wear indicators in less than half that. After reviewing my complaint, the COSTCO tire manager asked me if I drove a Toyota Sienna. He knew that without ever looking at my tires or my car. He said this tire does not wear well on the Toyota Sienna because it is a heavier vehicle. I am crossing my fingers that COSTCO honors their warranty and gives me some credit for the remaining 45000 miles I will never see from these tires.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.

 
1.0
Poor tread wear
1/22/2016
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Don't be fooled by the 90K tread life warranty on this Defender tire. I rotated these tires religiously according to the manufacturers recommendations. I have always loved Michelin tires in the past, but these tire wore out way too soon. When I complained to the distributor I was told:<br /><br />1. I needed a front end alignment,<br />2. I should never have anyone except the distributor who sold me the tires rotate them (huh?),<br />3. I let the tires get underinflated because I didn't personally check the inflation every 4 weeks (the car has tire pressure monitoring system),<br />4. The tires should actually be overinflated (5-7lbs.) above the manufacturers recommendations because I drive a minivan.<br /><br />Well, since the distributor put the air in, checked the air every 5K when they rotated the tires, how was I to know I was to run them overinflated? And, at every rotation they set the inflation to the Michelin spec (35 lbs.)<br /><br />Michelin is probably losing many loyal customers on these Defenders. I have been told by the distributor that Michelin is going to discontinue the tire soon. Unfortunately I am stuck with 4 misshaped tires with 3/32 left on tread with less than 60K on the set.<br /><br />Sorry I ever bought them. I will be switching to Bridgestone.<br /><br />Consumer Reports should really do a long term test on a heavier vehicle to get a full understanding of the Defenders performance.
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, Wet braking, Tread life (Miles). 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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