What about knocking out the reflector? I have heard of people doing that for the Dodge Stratus. I think someone would make good money out of that. Especially for the people that have Eagle Visions and Concordes.
You've run into the same problems as the second gen guys. Theirs are molded into the plastic as well. I think they've tried everything from boiling them in water to trying to poke them out with various devices. No luck so far.