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Tire Highlights


IntelliSipe™ Technology
maximizes the number of sipes and with interlocking action delivers long wear-life by providing exceptional tread block rigidity.


MaxTouch Construction™
maximizes tire contact with the road & evenly distributes forces of acceleration, braking and cornering resulting in longer wear-life.


EnergySaver Construction™
with Green X technology results in a tire that rolls easier which increases fuel efficiency.

 
  • Defender Tire

See the technology behind the performance
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Warranties (2 Warranties)

90,000 Mile Manufacturer's Treadwear Limited Warranty
Defender® tires carry a 90,000 mile limited warranty in addition to the standard materials and workmanship warranty for treadwear or mileage.
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Expert Tire Reviews

Michelin's New Defender® Tire Boasts 90,000 Mile Warranty

Low rolling resistance has become the new clarion call from car manufacturers hoping to eke out every last 1/10th of a mile per gallon for EPA ratings, but Michelin's new Defender tire takes a different tack, claiming the highest mileage warranty yet: 90,000 clicks, up to 21,000 more miles than competitors.

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Pennies On The Mile: Michelin® Defender® Tires Aim to Save the Fuel, Last 90,000 Miles

Typically, if it’s not super-sticky, high-performance rubber, we’re not all that excited when new tires come out. But Michelin has some interesting ideas in the Defender, and if the tires can truly last up to 90,000 miles in the real world, the company might raise an eyebrow or two.

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Consumer Reports Review

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REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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Defender
 
4.8

(based on 3510 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great dry traction (13)
  • Great traction (13)
  • Smooth ride (13)
  • Quiet (11)
  • Corners well (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Mostly city (9)
    • All highway (6)
    • Mostly highway (6)
    • All city (4)
      • Wear-Life:
      • Excellent (2111), Very good (670), Good (116), Below average (43), Average (29)
      • Fuel Efficiency:
      • Excellent (1572), Very good (1186), Good (359), Average (124), Below average (64)
      • Handling:
      • Excellent (2464), Very good (749), Good (138), Average (42), Below average (34)
      • Braking:
      • Excellent (2397), Very good (816), Good (142), Average (52), Below average (13)
      • Comfort:
      • Excellent (2476), Very good (712), Good (160), Average (54), Below average (42)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual driver (12), Commuter (8)

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    5.0

    Best Tires Out There!

    By Stephy

    from USA

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          Comments about Defender:

          Bought these tires based on previous ownership. They are worth it. I own a 2006 Ford Taurus and I tried another brand of tires by regret and they were junk. I was stuck in the snow in my own driveway with the cheaper tires. Never once had any issue with Michelin. No belts breaking in the tires, no hydroplaning, never getting stuck in the snow, good traction on icy roads, tread lasts years even with plenty of mileage. I'm sold on this brand as well as this series of tire. Defender is Top of the Line in All Weather Tires. The ride is unbelievably smooth and your ability to stop sooner is a major plus in the constant construction zones in my area.

          • Wear-Life:
          • Excellent
          • Fuel Efficiency:
          • Very Good
          • Handling:
          • Excellent
          • Braking:
          • Excellent
          • Comfort:
          • Excellent

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          1.0

          Only lasted 30,000 miles

          By Gardengirl31

          from USA

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Defender:

                My driving is a combination of country roads and interstate highways. I purchased these tires because of the 90,000 mile warranty. After only 30,000 miles, my car technician told me the tires were trashed. I was told by the tire dealer that Michelin won't respect the warranty because the tires exhibit uneven wear.
                I tried to contact Michelin through the contact page, but due to high volume, they have not yet gotten back to me. That was a week ago.
                I am feeling cheated because I paid for what I thought was a quality product. I will not purchase another Michelin tire.

                • Wear-Life:
                • Below Average
                • Fuel Efficiency:
                • Good
                • Handling:
                • Good
                • Braking:
                • Good
                • Comfort:
                • Good

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                5.0

                Third set to purchase of these tires

                By CandyMissouri

                from USA

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                  Cons

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                      Comments about Defender:

                      We first bought Michelin tires for our Impala and they lasted even beyond 100,000 miles and we replaced them on this vehicle last year. We like them so well that when the car I purchased from my parents needed tires we again went for the Michelin Defender. They cost a little more upfront but wear way beyond two sets of other tires we have purchased in the past. Great tire and when getting the $70 rebate it is even better! Until getting the new tires I didn't even realize how badly my car was riding and performing. All is GREAT now!

                      • Wear-Life:
                      • Excellent
                      • Fuel Efficiency:
                      • N/A
                      • Handling:
                      • Excellent
                      • Braking:
                      • Excellent
                      • Comfort:
                      • Excellent

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                      Availability, Pricing and Specs (1 part numbers)

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                      Part numbersTire Size, Load Index & Speed RatingMSRP $
                      (PER TIRE)
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                      03156175/65R14 82 T$123Inventory Available
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                      Mileage WarrantySidewallUTQG Treadwear, UTQG Traction, UTQG TempRim Width Range (Min/Max)Section Width on Measuring Rim WidthOverall Diameterrevs/miTread Depth (in 32nds)Eco FeatureMax Load, Single
                      (lb @ PSI)
                      Tire Weight
                      90,000 MileBSW820 A B5" - 6"7" on 5"2390510Green X1047@4417
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