Michelin Defender tire

 
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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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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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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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Comment:
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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Comment:
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.
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