I had the original Michelin LTX MS and now have about 500 miles on the new Defender LTX MS. I think Michelin really got it right with the whole design of this tire. The original LTX is a great beloved tire. It provides good all season traction, a smooth quiet ride and decent tread life. I see the difference to the LTX MS2 and the Defender LTX I am driving is mostly in the outer shoulder block tread design. Its not open so water and slush can evacuate more easily. I like this idea. So far I love the new Defender. My only advice to Michelin and keep a decent tread depth on your tires. For an SUV or truck 11/32 should be the minimum.
Bought new Michelin 18” Defender LTX M/S2 tires for a Ford F250 to replace Michelins that had come with the truck. My old tires were smooth as silk and I actually got more miles from them than the warranty. However, the new tires vibrated badly, so I had them rebalanced twice, with no improvement. Michelin replaced the tires under warranty, but the new tires also vibrate badly. I took them to another shop that had a road force balancer and paid out of my own pocket to have them rebalanced again. There was some improvement, but there’s still a significant amount of vibration. I'm very disappointed in these tires.
I have had these tires on my Ford Expedition EL for almost a month. I have logged around 2000 miles, first impressions are very good. The control they provide is a big step up from the old BF Goodrich tires. I would not drive my Expedition in the snow due to poor stopping traction in the past. Now I do so with confidence. These tires are solid, in rain, snow and on dry pavement. This tire is quiet and rides great at highway speeds. If you are wondering if a tire can make a difference try these shoes on your vehicle you will be amazed. I will update this review as I log the miles.
2014 Charger that came with Pilot MXM4’s which are excellent. Decided to go with a long lasting tire since she has surpassed 120k. The defender has a bit more cushion than the MXM4 and the Pilot Sports I’ve also had. Great highway ride and strong handling attributes even compared with the sportier tire.
Had to replace the OEM Hankook Ventus all season tires at 28k miles. They didn’t last long. The major snowfall of the season they had me questioning my Explorer. It’s 4WD and even in the snow mode, traction wasn’t there. Braking was horrible, ABS was kicking in all the time. Felt like I was back to driving my Town Car, and even that dealt with the snow better. The Ford dealer agreed these tires were about done. Weeks later the dealer hooked me up with these tires. No more flat spots. The ride improved, quieter too. Yes I know new tires make a difference. But the old tires weren’t that old. The next snowfall was a big improvement. Traction was back, braking was confident. 1,000 miles with these tires and so far I’m sold this was a smart purchase. 6 inches of unplowed roads this morning and I felt much more confident. Driving smart of course. Cannot say how long these will last but my precious experience of these tires on a ‘99 Tahoe was favorable too. Good tires for this vehicle.