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The metal cable is seized up in the plastic sleeve. Time to replace the cable (around $30 for the part) or see if you can lube up the end and get it to work temporarily. This is an extremely common problem, especially this time of year.
 

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An Air-Cooled Fan, Too!
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Might it not be the switch, though?

I'm not disagreeing with your suggestion about the cable, but what bothers me is that there is no "quirky" sound anymore when I work the release button located near the bottom of the driver's side door...nothing, just silence. Therefore, that also leaves me to wonder whether the switch may have gone kaput? :confused:
 

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Eine Kleine Panzer
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Open the trunk, then remove the circular cut-out on the passenger side (it is towards the back near the tails). Once the cut-out has been pryed off, feel around for the cable and pull it to see if that unbinds the cable and opens the door.

You should at least hear a mechanical motor sound when you push the button. If not you may want to investigate the fuses and motor.
 
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