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20,000 Mile Manufacturer's Treadwear Limited Warranty
Pilot® Sport 3 tires carry a 20,000 mile limited warranty in addition to the standard materials and workmanship warranty for treadwear or mileage.
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Pilot Sport 3
 
4.2

(based on 52 reviews)

83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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          • Wear-Life:
          • Excellent (15), Very good (14), Good (8), Below average (7), Average (5)
          • Fuel Efficiency:
          • Very good (15), Excellent (14), Good (12), Average (3)
          • Handling:
          • Excellent (33), Good (7), Very good (6)
          • Braking:
          • Excellent (31), Very good (8), Good (6), Average (3)
          • Comfort:
          • Excellent (23), Good (12), Very good (11), Below average (3)

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        3.0

        Very poor snow performance

        By T

        from USA

        Comments about Pilot Sport 3:

        I must agree with the poor snow performance of this tire on the ford focus, it really is quite dissatisfying. I too experience less than a 1/2 inch of snow and the vehicle refused to move. With traction control enabled the system did exactly what it was designed to do: Hunted for traction with a brief turning of one tire, then the other, then back to the first and so on. Unfortunately this makes it nearly impossible to get moving and so disabling traction control allowed the tires to slip and after a good deal of effort, on occasions I was able to move. This is not an isolated case since it happens each time the snow falls. I would also not agree that performance in the rain is good,,, acceptable perhaps, but not good. Purchasing a dedicated set of winter tires is also not an option either. At this time I am reviewing all-weather versions various tires. Coincidentally I too have a 2010 fusion hybrid, and the Michelins on that car are fantastic in the snow and I have zero complaints with them.

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        4.0

        Excellent tires despite other postings

        By TriTexan

        from USA

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              Comments about Pilot Sport 3:

              Having read two other reviews that appear to be from the exact same person, I must say that these are excellent tires. It's very unfortunate that the person that bought a Ford Focus with a handling package didn't take the time to read up on what he was buying BEFORE he signed the paperwork. The complaints about "full disclosure" and other issues are his fault, NOT the dealer, not the car manufacturer, and not Michelin's. If have owned several sports cars and I can tell you there are MANY people up north that either have cars they simply do not drive during the winter - these cars are for fun only! Or they buy TWO sets of wheels and tires - one for summer and one for winter. Every car I have seen that comes with "summer performance tires" clearly states they are summer tires in the literature somewhere. I feel bad for this person that got stranded but clearly they do not understand tires or even how to operate their car. They stated that even after turning traction control off their wheels just spun. But the fact is - traction control is what STOPS your tires from spinning. Turning off this feature I would fully expect the tires to spin. This reviewer clearly has not read his or her car owner's manual and do not understand how traction control works.

              Regarding the wear of the tires - it is well known by most performance car enthusiast that stickier, grippier rubber is generally softer and does not last as long. Anyone who has watched a car race of any kind will notice that those tires do not even last ONE RACE. They change the tires during the race! Well if you buy a car with a "handling package" you should definitely expect to get tires that have more grip and hence less tread life. Those are the trade-offs. Michelin does a better job than most other tire makers in getting longer life from their performance tires.

              Overall, these tires perform very well and consistent with Michelin's Pilot Sport family of tires. Wet and dry traction are both good, noise on most road surfaces is within acceptable limits, and regarding the 22,000 miles that raburch1 and SMJ2014 got out of their tires, I would consider this "GOOD" but not "EXCELLENT". 25k to 30k from a performance tire would get an "Excellent" rating from me. I have had high performance tires that didn't last much longer than 10k miles, so 22k is decent given the tire's intended purpose.

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

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              1.0

              BUYER BEWARE!

              By rabuchr1

              from USA

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                    Comments about Pilot Sport 3:

                    ABSOLUTELY THE WORST TIRES I HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED!
                    I purchased a Ford Focus Titanium that included a "handling package". Imagine that, a performance package with special "summer only tires" on a Ford Focus with a 4 cylinder engine to operate in Pennsylvania! Why two reputable companies (Ford and Michelin) teamed up to put these tires on cars that experience adverse weather is beyond me.
                    Problem #1 - I purchased the vehicle in September and the first snow occurred in December. With "like new" tread the car was inoperative in < one inch of snow! My wife was stranded on the side of a major road because my great "summer only" tires had zero traction. My wife had to get my 8th grade son to push the car and luckily was able to gain enough traction to proceed. This has happened during numerous snow events. It got to a point my wife would not drive the car when snow was forecasted.
                    Problem #2 – These tires also pick up road pebbles/stones more than any tire I have ever experienced. We live in a suburban area, no country roads and this car clinks and clatters with each stone picked up by the tires, slinging them onto the under carriage! I can only imagine the sand blast effect that has occurred as a result of pebble/stone damage. Problem #3 – The tires are extremely loud! The tires roar when driving down the road at normal speeds. Very uncomfortable! Can't wait to get rid of them!
                    Problem #4 - Horrible Tread Wear! We only got 22K miles on these tires. After phoning Michelin about the poor tread wear and other complaints (snow capability/pebble pick up), I'm told that the mileage I received exceeded the warranty! What? How? I have a 2010 Fusion with Michelin tires currently at 55K miles and still going strong! I am a long time Michelin customer and I'm completely disgusted in all aspects of this tire. Never again!

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

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