I got the replacement actuator. I went with BMA and the replacement looks exactly like the original and came in a VDO box, so I hope I saved the $15 without a problem.
Found a guy on Roadfly who wrote a DIY but he lost his file so I will wing it on the DIY. I'll do a write-up.
In the same shoes as Doru. I want to leave a full day for this job, just in case. But I go down to the Cape this weekend so it may take a couple of weeks. We shall see.