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Michelin Defender tire

 
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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3.0
Get ready for early replacement
4/28/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Noise
Ride comfort
Wet grip
Winter traction
Cons
50000 Miles Normal Drivin
Tread life
Value
Best Uses
Comment:
Really disappointed in tread life barely over half of rating by manufacturer; seldom exceed 55 mph, easy on braking and accelerationMoe
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
The tire blew out the first day we had it
4/28/2015
Pros
Dry grip
Handling
Ride comfort
Cons
The Tire Blew 1st Day Out
Best Uses
Comment:
Drove the car less than 40 miles. Was on my way home at midnight and the tire on the driver side blew out. Had to walk home and leave the car in a parking lot.
How long have you owned it:
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
NOISY
4/28/2015
Pros
Mileage
Cons
Noise
Best Uses
Comment:
Initially, I loved the tires. Handling, noise, stability were all excellent and typical of a Michelin tire. But after about 30,000 miles of use, the tires started to get noisy. The dealer did their best to rotate tires to minimize the noise, but this only worked for a few thousand miles and then the noise returned. It was so bad, passengers asked if we had mechanical issues. The dealership checked and said there were no such issues - like bad bearings.<br />The tires currently have about 65,000 miles on them and are down to 2mm of tread. The ride is OK, but the road noise is terrible!<br />I've always used Michelins, and will continue to do so, but will NOT use any of their high milage tires going forward.
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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