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Michelin Defender
Michelin Defender
  • Price Range:  USD $101.99 to $222.99
    All Season

    Michelin´s best standard passenger car - minivan tire ever offering confident driving through exceptional safety, longevity and a quiet, comfortable ride so that you can protect those you care about most.

    • Exceptional grip provided by IntelliSipe™ Technology maximizes the number of sipes within the tire, which allows you to brake confidently when you need to most for greater peace of mind in stressful driving situations.
    • MaxTouch Construction combined with the interlocking action of Michelin´s Breakthrough IntelliSipe™ Technology delivers impressively long wear life by providing exceptional tread block rigidity while optimizing the tire´s contact with the road during acceleration, braking and cornering.
    • The interlocking action of IntelliSipes™ creates a more rigid tread block, which allows for a reduced starting tread depth leading to lower rolling resistance so you can save fuel without sacrificing safety or longevity.

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    Overall: 2.8  
  • 3/15/2014
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  • Size: ( 11263 KM of Tire Wear )
    Anonymous is a Aggressive Driver (Hard Cornering)
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    I drive a rear wheel drive Mercedes. When the tires were brand new, the wet handling and cornering was great. Anyone who drives a BMW or Benz with rear wheel drive knows how important wet traction is. My complaint is that the tires wear rather quickly and my car quickly becomes the Deathmobile when it rains. I don't drive my Baby in the Winter so I can't speak to snow traction. Dry cornering, braking, and acceleration are great, even when the tires wear bald. It should be noted that these 90,000 mile Defenders were replacements for 80,000 mile Michelins that wore out in the high 30,000 mile range, same issues. My car is babies, garage kept in a climate controlled garage and religiously maintained. I drive this car to have fun in Catskill Mountain roads; I guess a middle aged, sport-minded driver driving an older European touring sedan is too much fot these tires. If they didn't wear out so fast, they'd be "good" tires. Now, as they are, they're just "OK" tires.
    Overall: 4.9  
  • 3/10/2014
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  • Size: ( 15286 KM of Tire Wear )
    Anonymous is a Confident, Experienced Driver
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    I want to comment on these tires. I have these on a 2010 camry. The handling is very good, wet traction is outstanding and noise is very low. I do not understand all the complaints on this defenders. I have put around 9500 miles on them so far and they still look like brand new. I will purchase them for my honda element. If they feel hard and noisy look up your tire pressure recommended by your manufacturer. Too much pressure any tire will feel hard and noisy. Use your recommended pressure. Great tire.
    Overall: 3.6  
  • 3/5/2014
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  • Size: 235/60R16 (2004 Ford Freestar 4 Dr Mini Passenger Van SES with 17699 KM of Tire Wear )
    Anonymous is a Confident, Experienced Driver
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    Considering how nice they are in good weather, it's amazing how bad they are in the snow. If you buy these tires and have snowy winters, be prepared to buy snow tires. There is NO traction at all. Stopping or going. In any amount of snow, a dusting to 12 inches. The car wouldn't move at all. But they are a great 3 season tire.
    Overall: 2.4  
  • 3/1/2014
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  • Size: 205/60R16 (2008 Honda Odyssey 4 Dr Mini Passenger Van EX-L with 20000 KM of Tire Wear )
    Anonymous is a Confident, Experienced Driver
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    first winter they were ok, second winter driving on them not very safe. After spending $600 I know need to buy snow tires
    Overall: 1.0  
  • 2/20/2014
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  • Size: 225/60R17 (2006 Lincoln Town Car 4 Dr Sedan Signature with 1609 KM of Tire Wear )
    Anonymous is a Confident, Experienced Driver
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    Do NOT buy these tires!!!! Yes, again I say do not buy these tires!! I've been driving on these tires for a month now and I can safely say; do not buy these tires!!! I've been driving large rear wheel American sedans for many years now. I Have gone through many sets of tires over the past 45 years of driving and I have never experienced a tire as rock hard as these beauties. These tires have turned my lincoln town car (one of the smoothest driving cars on the road, into the Fred Flinsotone mobile.) The car was equipped with stock Michelin tires (not defenders) And they road very smooth. Needed replacements, the old tires reached 60k The tire store did not have those tires in stock and the salesman told me that the Michelin defender tires were actually better and would last 40k longer. What a deal right?? But common sense should have told me,longer tire life equals thicker rubber on tires, right? Well these tire I'm sure will last 90k how couldn't they?? They are totally solid as a rock rubber tires!! (Absolutely no give) My lincoln used to float, now the body of the car makes a noise every time I drive over even the smallest bump on the road (driving over even a quarter you will feel it) Now I'm stuck with these concrete wheels for 100k. Please don't make the same mistake as me Once again I say do not buy these tires!!
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