Civic EX coupe. Hood latch handle broke off (160,000 miles approx), now I use needle nose pliers to pull the cable to open, because I was quoted a cost of like, $300 to replace it. It's a pain, but it's a free fix.
Handle has broken, but I can still pull the metal rod with my right hand causing the hood latch to release. Cable ties broken on the first try and are not recommended as a temporary fix. I have yet to replace the handle.