Tire Rack Consumer Review of the Michelin Defender

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Vehicle: 2008 Honda CRV EX-L 4wd
Miles Driven on Tires: 300
Location: Hewlett, NY
Driving Condition: Combined Highway/City
Driving Style: Average
Michelin Defender
Initial Review: 300 miles on tires
November 30, 2012

I bought my 2008 CR-V as a certified preowned car from my Honda dealer in 2011. It was in mint condition, had every possible option, and only 23,000 miles on it. HOWEVER, it had those ---awful Bridgestone Duelers that my '97 CV-R came with when I bought it brand new. My mechanic, who checked it out before I bought it, noticed that it had two different models on the front and back. The front tires were pretty much brand new and the back at about half life. I couldn't wait to get them off my car! They handled ok, but were noisy and the ride was so-so, on the rough side. I noticed the car would make a wooo wooo sound when driving and had the dealer check it out, but found nothing wrong with the bearings, axle, brakes, etc, so figure it was the tires. The older tires were getting pretty bad, starting to crack, etc and I HAD TO get new ones. I looked for months at this tire and that tire, getting rave reviews on the one hand and horrible reviews on the other. Finally I found these with nothing other than pretty much great reviews. I realize they are a fairly new model and there aren't any reviews with more than just a few thousand miles on them, but I thought I'd give them a go anyway. I love them so far. Very quiet and very smooth riding, in particular on asphalt. I feel like I'm riding on a cloud. They handle very well and I was just able to drive on them in a nice rainstorm, even deliberately going through a big puddle and they were great! I got them just after our small snowstorm, therefore can't say how they'd handle snow. So admittedly, this is a first impression review, on only a couple of hundred miles of driving, but so far, so good. I'm anxious to see how I feel after many thousands of miles of driving on them, and feel pretty confident I'll still be a happy camper. Only time will tell.

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