Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Project Super Neon, Part 5
Subscribe to the Free

Project Super Neon, Part 5

Maintenance: Making Sure We Don’t Look Stupid

Karl Brauer
Aug 1, 1999

In 1997, the Dodge Super Neon participated in Hot Rod magazine's Power Tour. Consisting of a 10-day cross-country jaunt, this event rang up a total of 2,800 miles. Associate Editor Karl "Hello, Officer" Brauer piloted the DSN from Los Angeles to Denver, where Publisher John "I Would Love To" Cobb took over for the rest of the drive to Mt. Clemens, Michigan.

Before Karl and John departed in the Neon, we wanted to make sure everything mechanical checked out. Not that we cared whether either of them would get stranded. No, it was more to the point that we didn't want Super Street to look stupid. You see, one of the big selling points of the Power Tour is that it proves 10-second V-8 performance cars can be dependable and comfortable enough to last 2,800 miles. But the dependability of a new Neon is a given, and if it did encounter some freak kryptonite along the way, we would never hear the end of it from the Hot Rod weenies down the hall.

To make sure this wouldn't happen, we took the DSN to Stokes Tire Pros in Santa Monica, California. While Stokes primarily deals with tire stuff, the shop is also equipped for vehicle maintenance. Simply walk in and tell them what kind of car you own and how many miles it has. Stokes' computer will quickly spit out exactly what type of scheduled maintenance needs should be performed.

"1996 Dodge Super Neon, 3,300 miles," we said. The computer responded with the equivalent of a blank stare. Turns out our DSN was too new and lacked the miles to warrant any work. But because this was the Power Tour, we cheated and told the computer we had a '95 Neon with 25,000 miles. This gave us more recommendations to work with. So if you're using your ride for a long-distance trip anytime soon, follow along and see what needs to be inspected before a Power trip.


Stokes Tire Pros
Santa Monica,, CA
By Karl Brauer
8 Articles



To date, only the CTR, Accord, and RDX have been outfitted with Honda's turbo K20C1, all of which behave quite differently due to a multitude of factors.
Micah WrightMar 13, 2019
Quickjack has the ideal solution to make garage life much easier
RodrezMar 11, 2019
In the past, Hydrographics were only reserved for professionals or very experienced end-users, but OHW is looking to change that with their DIY Hydrographics kit.
RodrezMar 8, 2019
Giving our 10th gen. Civic an altitude adjustment.
RodrezMar 4, 2019
What begins as an itch to lower your car's ride height, turns into a full-blown coilover installation. We should all be familiar with the thought process—because let's face it, wheel gap is just unattractive.
Ceso BagayFeb 21, 2019
Sponsored Links