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It is not really normal on front doors, but when the door is open, if you have a look at the latch on the door you may see a little lever. This is called a kiddy lock, well it is here in NZ, it prevents the door being opened from the inside accidentally by fidgeting little hands. Try moving the lever to its opposite position.
You will need to take the door panel loose from inside and see if the linkage that works the latch has come off and if so put it back on. Most cars have a few screws around the door handle and arm rest you have to take out and then they have clips around the bottom of the door that pop out to get the panel loose.
My friend just had this problem and he reached in and pulled the inside door handle back as far as it would go, and then let it go, allowing it to 'snap' back. For some reason this fixed it. We have no idea why. By doing this on one door, both rear door locks freed up and the rear locks are now working. Before, both rear locks were stuck and you could not open the doors from the inside nor the outside. Not sure why it works, but maybe it will work for you!
I have this problem every year with my car, 1993 buick regal custom, 3.8. What happens is it gets cold, warms up a bit, and ice or snow melts and gets in the door, then it gets cold again and it freezes. I go to unlock and open the door from the outside and this problem arises.
There is a vertical rod on the left side of the drivers side, right side of the passenger side, that gets bent, from trying to open the door when that mechanism is frozen up. Just bend it back, a TINY bit and it will start working.
I got tired of taking my door apart every time it happened so i cut a little "door" in the cover thing, so i can get at that bar.
I also tried coating it in grease and that seems to lessen the frequency.