I was hooked on my first Ram, 1981 D-150 Custom, 318/727, which we ended up doing some nice engine work on. Previously I had been a Chevy kid myself when it came to trucks, and even when I saw that old Dodge the first time, yes, it did have to "grow" on me as the previous owner would tell you if they were here, lol, especially with the grille being gone, bad bondo job on the hood, rat's nest for wiring etc., but once I drove it and got used to its quirks, there was just no other truck for me and it was also the perfect color, garnet and gold for my favorite college team at the time! Needless to say, "The Beast" was put through her paces more than a few times, raced by me many times, much to the chagrin of my ex lol and just would not quit, never left me stranded anywhere, always came back for more!
Eventually, it became less reliable as a daily driver since my commutes to work seemed to keep getting longer, so I kept her for my short haul work truck and relied on my Jeep for everything else. When it came time for me to be in the market for a vehicle once again, I really was after another Jeep but decided to look at the trucks instead as I really had missed having a pickup. My '81 had manual locks/windows, was a regular cab, shortbox, 4x2 etc. so, to me, I didn't need all that fancy power stuff, just a good solid truck that would do what I needed it to do when I need it to do it and the Ram fit that bill perfectly!
Honestly, I like something about each gen Ram, but my current truck still has some style cues in common with my '81, which, sadly I sold at the behest of my dad lol. I like feeling bigger, wider and taller like I do in my truck, but I feel safe and confident in the fact that I have a well built, well designed truck that fits my lifestyle and personality, so much so, I didn't even test drive it, just signed on the dotted line!
BTW, I think this is a great thread idea! After all, who doesn't like talking about why they love their Ram and what they love about it?!