Nissan Almera N15 - Quirks?

First of all, i apologize if this is not the correct section for this kind of thread.

So... i just bought a 1999 Nissan Almera N15 1.4 Hatchback and i find these two things very weird:

1. There is no outer handle on the trunk. Something like this (just an example):

To open the trunk i've been putting my hand in the space that it has between one of the plastics and the number plate light but this just feels wrong.

2. I've installed new trunk struts but they only work when the trunk is almost fully open and when i close it they seem to do almost nothing.

Can you tell me if this are just quirks, real problems or if i'm doing something wrong?

Thanks for any replies you guys can give me. :)
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