yes ..on mine 1996 its located on the left side wall of the inside of trunk.should be a cable comming out of the carpet that u pull on to release the gas door.. ur cable could have fallen behind the carpet mine was and i had to spay w-d on the release spring to get it to work.
the fuel door manual release is not a fuel pump access door. I believe, but am not positive. the access door didn't show up until 1998. i got a 1997 and it does not have an access door. (it does have the manual fuel door release which is about as helpful as answer #2 in your case.) if 97 is a no, then i'll bet 96 is a no go as well