First question - When I open the doors, the cabin lights for the rear of the car tun on but not the front. They only turn on if I do it manually. Is this normal? Is there an easy way to make it so they turn on when the doors are open? Could this just be a fuse or maybe a switch that I haven't discovered yet?
Second question - There is a switch on top of the steering column that seems to do nothing but turn on the brake lights. Does it do anything else? I'm guessing this just a safety thing in addition to the emergency flashing lights but it took me forever to figure out what the heck it did.
First question... you are 100% sure you have the domelights set to "door"? There should be a switch on the light assemblies themselves that say "Off" "On" and "Door".
Second question... that switch turns on the parking lights. It is meant to be used when you are sitting in a parking lot and want to have the lights on but not have the engine running (as the key needs to be turned to "run" to turn the headlights on under normal circumstances).