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What else "cut" for the 2014 $5k MSRP drop?

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Found a NEW '14 sitting on a dealer's lot locally. With a motivated dealer, running the numbers could make me owe LESS after tax credit than what's left on my '13--wouldn't mind getting paid to drive a new car! It's also a later build date, so it may have the 17.1 kWh battery. Getting a few extra EV miles is not bad either.

However, my '13 is solid and I'm wondering if anything else was "cheapened" on the '14 Volt for the $5k MSRP drop. I couldn't get a solid answer from searching besides the following:

--eliminated automatic charge door opener (actually like this, but can deal with it)
--eliminated two-tone accents on the leather seats (a personal preference I really like, and will decide in-person if I can part with my ceramic white accents--fortunately this particular '14 has the white center stack)

Anything else? Is the gas door still locking?

I know GM shaved costs somewhere and am wondering if there are other things "unseen" that may make the car less reliable or less of a keeper than the solid '13 I have now.
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At some point (2014?) the underbody air baffles were eliminated and the inverter under the hood got a silver decal slapped on the black plastic cover instead of the embossed aluminum plate. Wheels that were machined with a clear coat became wheels that were silver painted. Were other changes made to hidden areas? Could be.
My 2013 doesn't have the underbody baffles and does have the cover with the plastic sticker. I think the main reason for the price cut were lackluster sales along with better battery pricing from GMs vendor. As economies of scale improve, we are bound to see price drops compared to the early G1s. Had GM been able to sell volt's like hotcakes, they could have made a mint, but instead, they needed to drop the price to move vehicles. I'm thankful for the $5k price drop as without it, I wouldn't be driving a volt today. On the other hand I kind of wish they didn't drop the price, then I might be in an ELR instead when they were getting heavily discounted in 2015.
So I think to summarize the 2014 got rid of the remote charge door unlock button, added battery life, added some sort of talk to text feature in the mylink. The removal of under carriage panels and the sticker cover swap were done in 2013.

If I had a do-over I would have liked the additional EV range, but that might have cause me to miss the IL state $3400 EV rebate as it was suspended that year. I got great deal on the 2013, and my only regret was not holding out and getting an ELR whivhnis what I really wanted before they overpriced the heck out of it.
I agree it's not a big deal. But it's a feature my car shipped with (an extremely simple one, at that), and should continue to work.
The simplest of alarm clocks can do it on the correct day without a data connection at all, so should a vehicle with an exponentially more complex computer and radio system.
I'd personally like to see our government switch to the summer daylight savings time and never switch back. Twice a year we screw up people's sleeping patterns for this "tradition" that leads to all sorts of confusion. A few years ago Russia chose to switch and never do daylight savings again. Not that I'm supportive of all the things the Russian government does, this is one that made sense to me.
Agreed, and I don't want to go too far down that rabbit hole, but when we were taught in school about DST the justification was that it helped the farmers. Any farmer I ever met timed his day by the sun and worked dawn to dusk.

A few weeks ago I was out of synch with what I expected London time to be. Then I was OK and back to five hours. My daughter was 12 hours ahead, she's now 13 hours because in China and most lower latitudes they don't switch.
I have a farm where I cash rent to a farmer to plant crops. They could care less about the light as they have lights, a cozy cab with heat and AC, and lots of gadgets like GPS and automated systems on board where the combine practically drives itself. I got to ride in the combine a few years ago when they were harvesting my land. It's an amazing dance of giant vehicles (combine keeps running, storing corn or beans in its container until another tractor with a trailer and auger pulls along side to transfer the combine;s contents, then that tractor rushes to the Semite truck trailer to dump, going back and forth until the semi is full. Then the semi leaves to get the grain to the grain silos while the remaining combine and tractor with trailer fill up, keep moving, until the semi returns. Moisture content is what causes them to stop, not the sun (though sun and weather have a great effect on moisture content)
Yes, I watched one of those tractors at work in Saskatchewan. Amazing. It did drive itself on a route programmed into the GPS.

But what's a Semite truck?
Typo, semi truck with a grain trailer.

What's also making is based on realtime yields from this year's harvest, the tractor will dynamically adjust the fertilizer spray next spring to help the most needed areas.
The kiddies going to school don't wait at the bus stop in the dark.............. back in the day anyway.

And they still can't keep the correct time.
So instead the kiddies come home in the dark. Someday, we'll cover the everyone's rooftops with solar panels, enough so we can make our own daylight in the mornings and evenings and not need daylight savings time.
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