I used to have one of these, and was able to work a clothes hanger wire down
from the top
of the door past the insulation and get the damned thing open.
At first, I jury rigged a fix on the handle/latch assembly, by riveting the
back together. It held for a while, long enough to get a replacement part
I loved many things about that car, but just about everything on it went to
hell, except the
engine...a 2.8 litre V6. It ate alternators, belts, water pumps, power
brakes, and the 440T4 tranny.