On my 97 half doors, 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 moving OK, it wasn't moving quite far enough.
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.