I'm with Topkick, replace the cable. While you are at it, I'd recommend adding a back-up cable for the hood. There is no emergency slot up front!
Btw, the design is not stupid, just different. Like brake pads, the cable is a wear item that needs replacement from time to time. The remote release makes it much more difficult for the bad guys to break into your trunk.
84 Spider Veloce
18 4C Spider