Originally Posted by micifus
See if you can open the door first by pushing on the trunk door around the handle, there is a "sweet spot" where when pushed just right will allow you to open the trunk, this is why there is many dents in my trunk from when I punched it out of frustatation Its an easy fix for the most part sounds just like what happened to mine. That threaded rod sticking up is the key, when that lifts it opens the latch. You will notice that there is a metal clip on this threaded rod that is what slips and causes your latch not to open. you will want to loosen this poorly designed clip and move it further it up the threaded rod
and then crimp the clip back on but, not to far other wise the latch will never latch and the trunk will stay open. You will see what I mean when you take that back panel off, and yes you will loose some skin in the process. Make sure you clamp it down tight cause you dont want to have to redo all of it. I drove mine around for about a month with the plastic panel off to make sure it was all set before putting it back on.
That was the fix on my 96.