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    Okay guys a little bit of an update here. I have put on about 300 or so miles and fuel mileage seems to be holding constant. No significant changes in gas mileage on my Eco. I also have to say the tires as they are starting to be used more are quieting down quite a bit and the ride is quite comfortable but I also have a feeling of immense control. My car feels super responsive and very grippy on the road.

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    What PSI are you running them at and what is the sidewall max PSI?

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    I have been using Defenders on my CR-V (2002) and have been very happy with them. They are marketed by Michelin as an eco tire (low rolling resistance), and I can vouch that I have been getting better fuel economy with these tires than with the oem Michelins and their Bridgestone replacements. They have a stiffer sidewall than the aforementioned tires yet still give a good ride. Turn-in response is better, as you would expect. Still, some Tire rack customers who have posted their opinions on Tirerack's website report significantly worse fuel economy, though they seem to be outliers and a little suspect. It's heartening to see that you are (so far) getting good results.

    An advantage of going with a tire rated for higher speeds is that the sidewalks do tend to be stiffer, and consequently you are likely to experience good turn-in characteristics (better than that of the lower speed rated tire of the same design) as well as better control at the limits of adhesion (I feel the oem tires on our Eco's are fine up to a point and then they just seem to suddenly go a bit limp when cornering at higher lateral accelerations). I'll definitely be interested to see your reports as you accumulate miles.
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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    What PSI are you running them at and what is the sidewall max PSI?
    I have been running these tires at 40 PSI. On the side of the tire it says 44 PSI Maximum Pressure.

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    Out of curiosity, why the Michelin Defenders vs the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus?
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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    Out of curiosity, why the Michelin Defenders vs the Bridgestone Turanza Serenity Plus?
    obermd if that question was directed at me I've never been a big Bridgestone fan. I had Bridgestones on my BMW motorcycle and hated them. I either prefer Michelins or BF Goodrich tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCruze2012 View Post
    obermd if that question was directed at me I've never been a big Bridgestone fan. I had Bridgestones on my BMW motorcycle and hated them. I either prefer Michelins or BF Goodrich tires.

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    Fair enough. I prefer Bridgestone as I've had nothing but wet and snow traction problems with Michelins.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCruze2012 View Post
    obermd if that question was directed at me I've never been a big Bridgestone fan. I had Bridgestones on my BMW motorcycle and hated them. I either prefer Michelins or BF Goodrich tires.

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    I always see a couple MPG drop with new tires, at least the first 3,000-6,000miles.

    Lifetime: 10.6 cents per mile @ $3.73 average price over 52K miles

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    Quote Originally Posted by obermd View Post
    Fair enough. I prefer Bridgestone as I've had nothing but wet and snow traction problems with Michelins.
    See now that is funny that's just the opposite for me. I have the Michelin LTX M/S on my wifes Jeep Grand Cherokee and to my wife absolutely loved them in the snow. On my Suburban I had BF Goodrich All Terrains because I love those tires are they were great in all weather.
    This is just a side note but the Michelin Defender(94V speed rated 149mph) happens to be on national backorder right now because of demand for these tires. I was extremely surprised when the tire shop I went to said they had a complete set in stock in my size. To me I figure what are the odds of that? Anyway this is the shop that I've been going to for the last 10 years that used to be called Mallory Kotzen but was recently bought out by Mavis Tire Corporation.

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