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Old 12-03-2016, 07:27 PM
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Michelin Defenders

I have Michelin Defenders on my 2004 C240 wagon. Tires are 4 years old, with about 25 k miles on them. Plenty of tread left, but the sidewalls have a lot of cracks. Some of the cracks exceed one inch, so, theoretically should not pass state inspection. Reading the reviews on Tire Rack, it is obvious that this is a widespread issue. Tire dealer says that Michelin fixed this problem a couple years ago, so current tires should be OK.

Can anyone confirm or deny that the issue has been resolved?

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Old 01-20-2017, 05:05 PM
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Was this an issue for other Michelin tires or just the Defender series?

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Old 02-27-2017, 05:41 AM
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Never heard that the Defender has cracking issue. I know this tire is top rated on consumerreports.
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Old 04-01-2017, 09:52 PM
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I wouldn't care I would get rid of these tires immediately! Your life depends on these tires with large cracks!

And I wouldn't put Defenders on any of my cars, I want something better.

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