I have the same year and model and my actuator has been on the fritz. I usually have 2 400lbs fat sacks on each side, one laying on the actuator which may be a reason why is is on the blink. If your actuator goes out, you are hosed because you won't be able to open your hatch except through the seat, but you have a fat sack blocking it. My solution is that I bought the shocks and hardware to change it to a manual lifting hatch. I also bought some hardware to rig the release pin so I can pull the pin from under the seat. Just my thoughts...