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Michelin Defender

Average Customer Review

For All Vehicles (24)   8.8

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Reviews of this Tire for All Vehicles (24 Total Reviews)

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful

  7.3

November 15, 2014
2001 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/HX
Colorado Springs, CO
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mostly City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 1000
Ride Comfort   7.0
Cornering/Steering   7.0
Ride Noise   7.0
Tread Life   8.0
Dry Traction   8.0
Wet Traction   7.0
Winter Traction   7.0
Buy Tire Again Likely

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

They're great tires and economical
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful

  9.5

September 20, 2014
1999 SUBARU IMPREZA 2.2L/L
Des Moines, WA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 2000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

None Provided

Tire Cons

None Provided

Great tires!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

March 30, 2014
2002 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/HX
LAKEWOOD, WA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 5 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 2000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   8.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction   8.0
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Good traction-tread

Tire Cons

had snow tires on for a few months so it has not been that long since I purchased them

Outstanding value and service provided.
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68 of 106 people found the following review helpful

  5.8

February 24, 2013
2003 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
LAKEWOOD, WA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 7 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 6400
Ride Comfort   6.0
Cornering/Steering   5.0
Ride Noise   5.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   5.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again No

Tire Pros

good wet traction

Tire Cons

very poor fuel economy (see below) not quiet

These appear to be a very poor choice for this hybrid. The car reliably turned in 47-53 mpg over 150k+ miles, and immediately dropped by 6-10 mpg in all types of driving and has never recovered. It now never tops 43 mpg. I am extremely disappointed. The tires are otherwise absolutely average compared to the OEM Bridgestones except possibly for wet traction. If anything, they seem less responsive in dry handling. The "Green X" rating certainly doesn't hold for my car.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful

  9.0

January 27, 2014
2001 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/HX
PALM DESERT, CA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 300
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   8.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction N/A
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Felt much safer in car with good tires.

Tire Cons

None experienced

Have always wanted such tires and now is the time to experience same.
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14 of 24 people found the following review helpful

  10.0

December 31, 2013
1990 MAZDA 626 BASE/GT
TUCSON, AZ
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mostly City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   10.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Great tire

Tire Cons

NA

These tires are awesome
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful

  8.8

September 14, 2014
2001 HONDA CIVIC DX/LX/HX
Mesa, AZ
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 2000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   8.0
Tread Life   9.0
Dry Traction   9.0
Wet Traction   9.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Likely

Tire Pros

they are tires

Tire Cons

Found out that these tires have a poor lifetime in Arizona and that the tires degrade in heat (but not cold).

They are tires. I am pretty happy with them. I plan to sell my car before I need to replace them again.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful

  9.2

September 07, 2014
1986 BMW 325I/IS/E E30
Seattle, WA
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 2000
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   10.0
Ride Noise   8.0
Tread Life N/A
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

Feels solid and safe on wet or dry roads, great handling.

Tire Cons

Too good for this old car!

I am very happy with my Michelin Defenders. They hold the road in both wet and dry conditions, and deliver solid handling. Honestly, I wasn't planning to get tires this good for a 30-year-old car, but Northgate Discount Tire made me an offer I couldn't refuse (no guns or horse's heads in my bed, just a great deal)and I'm glad I traded up. I have benefited from your extra warranty package in the past, so I went for that, too, and I recommend it to anyone else.
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful

  8.3

September 16, 2014
2005 HONDA CIVIC HYBRID
San Gabriel, CA
Driving Conditions: Mostly Dry
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 4 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 850
Ride Comfort   8.0
Cornering/Steering   8.0
Ride Noise   10.0
Tread Life   8.0
Dry Traction   8.0
Wet Traction   8.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Likely

Tire Pros

good price, good quality

Tire Cons

none

Overall, I like my tires and the service from America's Tires.
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16 of 29 people found the following review helpful

  9.5

November 24, 2013
1995 SUBARU LEGACY BSE/L/BRTN
WHEAT RIDGE, CO
Driving Conditions: Mixed Dry Rain
Driving Style: Mixed Highway and City
Owned Tires for: 6 months
Miles Driven on Tires: 3000
Ride Comfort   9.0
Cornering/Steering   9.0
Ride Noise   9.0
Tread Life   10.0
Dry Traction   10.0
Wet Traction   10.0
Winter Traction N/A
Buy Tire Again Yes

Tire Pros

They are Michelins, and at a great price from Discount Tire. Need I say more.

Tire Cons

None.

See above. The tires are Michelins, at a great price and from Discount Tires. Nothing more to say.
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