If the system is the same as on the late '90s models, look at the link going to the rear latch. Remove lots of bolts to pull the metal plate back, then the link is clipped into a spring-metal clip. You normally disconnect that link to do other repairs, then let everything center itself, then pop the link into the clip. That's the way it's adjusted. Since you found a way to open the door, that link did not pop out of the clip, but it could be slightly bent in which case it won't move the right amount to work the latch. I can't remember if that linkage pulls or pushes to open the latch, but play with that one from inside the door.
Thursday, December 20th, 2012 AT 4:29 AM