QOTD: Caught Being Coddled?

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
qotd caught being coddled

Almost sounds sexual, doesn’t it? Well, listen, pal — sometimes a warm embrace is just a nice hug, but it doesn’t mean it won’t make you feel special. Special…safe…and content.

Coddled. It’s one of those words whose meaning never evolves, but its use in the automotive realm is usually associated with another word: luxury. And with good reason. The Oxford English Dictionary defines coddled as the act of being treated “in an indulgent or overprotective way.” Hey, that’s right up luxury’s street.

Yet one can feel coddled without all the trapping that come with luxury. Maybe you’ve experienced just such a human-vehicle relationship. What vehicle from your past (perhaps it’s in the present) coddled you the most?

You author, a man who grows unhealthily excited – nearly to the point of giddiness – over local grocery store deals, is hardly the one to go to for stories about motoring in the lap of luxury. Choices were made, and all that.

But that doesn’t mean you, dear reader, didn’t achieve success and prosperity, opening the door for a vehicle purchase that proved as titillating and pleasure-inducing as any sailor’s extended shore leave. Perhaps that vehicle, that damn-the-expense-I-earned-this purchase, was the vehicle which coddled like none other. Luxury does have a way of making a driver feel special.

And yet other things can fall under that dictionary definition. Seat comfort, for one, is something not entirely dependent on vehicle price. Nor is reliability — something many a British or Italian car owner has discovered. A supremely comfortable chair and limitless confidence born of a well-made machine (of any price range) can indeed make a driver feel indulgent and pampered.

Let’s put this question to you, B&B, and see which year, make, and model of vehicle you consider the most coddling of your life.

[Images: Ford, BMW]

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  • Wodehouse Wodehouse on Sep 22, 2019

    Riding the 1 1/2 hour to and from my first bmx bike event in my kickass Uncle Willy's Cadillac Fleetwood Talisman. Previously always a Lincoln man his final car purchase was the aforementioned Talisman. I've never forgotten how thick and luxurious was the carpet and cozily comfortable were the Monticello Velour seats. Today's luxury car carpeting doesn't even begin to compare and seat engineers seem to think stiff and supportive equals comfortable with their slick, dreary, pinhole black or beige leather.

  • Dividebytube Dividebytube on Sep 23, 2019

    I grew up with my dad's 98 Oldsmobiles - the old RWD models. And later his used Cadillacs - a 77 and a 81 Fleetwood. I still have a weakness for big cars, having owned a '91 Park Avenue, a '91 Chevy Caprice, and a '94 Buick Roadmaster. Also a 2001 Grand Marquis. The best "coddler" of them all was the Roadmaster with its air suspension. The only car that could handle the awful Michigan roads with it's long wheel base. The MGM, in comparison, felt like a sports car and crashed a lot more over the bumps. As an aside - back in the 90s a friend of mine bought his first BMW. I was real excited the first time I climbed inside, expecting some lap of luxury. Needless to say I was disappointed by the very spartan interior compared to big comfy cars I've driven. It wasn't until I bought a 2004 325i did I really get what BMW is (more like was) about.

  • Dave M. Although the effective takeover by Daimler is pooped upon, this is one they got right. I wasn't a fan of the LHs, mostly due to reported mechanical, NVH and build quality issues, but I though Chrysler hit it out of the park with the LXs. The other hyped release that year was the Ford Five Hundred, which, while a well-built car with superior interior space, couldn't hold a candle to the 300.
  • Art Vandelay I always liked those last FWD 300's. Been ages since I've seen one on the road though. Lots of time in the RWD ones as rentals. No complaints whatsoever.
  • Cardave5150 I've had 2 different 300's - an '08 300SRT and an '18 300C. Loved them both a LOT, although, by the time I had the second one, I wasn't altogether thrilled with the image of 300's out on the street, as projected by the 3rd or 4th buyers of the cars.I always thought that the car looked a little stubby behind the rear wheels - something that an extra 3-4" in the trunk area would have greatly helped.When the 300 was first launched, there were invitation-only meet-and-greets at the dealerships, reminding me of the old days when new model-year launches were HUGE. At my local dealer, they were all in formalwear (tuxes and elegant dresses) with a nice spread of food. They gave out crystal medallions of the 300 in a sweet little velvet box (I've got mine around the house somewhere). I talked to a sales guy for about 5 minutes before I asked if we could take one of the cars out (a 300C with the 5.7 Hemi). He acted like he'd been waiting all evening for someone to ask that - we jumped in the car and went out - that thing, for the time, seemed to fly.Corey - when it comes time for it, don't forget to mention the slightly-stretched wheelbase 300 (I think it was the 300L??). I've never found one for sale (not that I've looked THAT hard), as they only built them for a couple of years.
  • Jkross22 "I’m doing more for the planet by continuing to drive my vehicle than buying a new one for strictly frivolous reasons."It's not possible to repeat this too much.
  • Jeff S Got to give credit to Chrysler for putting the 300 as a rear wheel drive back on the market. This will be a future classic.