#1) I missed having a truck for the past several years for general house/yard hauling stuff around duties. It will pull around my dads boat a few times in the summer and will pull his 16' trailer for mulch, topsoil, etc. instead of having to borrow someone else's truck all the time.
#2) Its simple and cheap to work on and was much cheaper to buy for what I need it for than a $35K new truck
#3) Its squarish, rides like a lumber cart, and is 4x4. It's just a weekend ride so it's perfect for me. First 4x4 I've ever owned so it should be fun to play in the snow a little this winter. Plus if its bad out and I can teach the wife how to properly use the 4x4 she can use it to drive to work.
'03 XLT/FX4 L1 4x4 4.0 Arizona Beige Automatic (my weekend ride). '16 Ford Escape Titanium ecoboost (wifes ride) '16 Ford Escape S (my work ride)