You don't mention if you have full doors or half doors and to be honest, I don't know how much difference (if any) there is with the mechanisms.
Had the same thing happen with the half doors on my 97, the outside handle wouldn't open the door.
Pulled the door trim to have a look - everything was intact and moving OK.
Problem was, this clip had moved on the threaded rod. So while everything was still attached and moving OK, it wasn't moving quite far enough.
(For reference, this pic is of YOUR drivers door).
The metal clip was easy to pop off the threaded rod - moved it about 1/4" toward the door latch and clipped it back on.
The arrow shows where the metal clip was before I moved it.