I'm with you on that one. I posted a thread earlier about the same thing. (Missing illumination) You will also notice,and this bothered me more, that the maker lights on the front doors no longer light up. I removed the lens and there is a hole for the socket and nothing else. Maybe the wiring harness in the door still has the connector. I don't know if the sockets could just be plugged in or not. You'd have to take the door panel off to find out. They just left them out to cut costs.I find this kind of cheap in an otherwise nicely optioned car.