It also is glitchy, slow, and all around pretty useless.
I only use the power opening when I am walking up to the vehicle with a shopping cart, so the gate is open when I get there.
We use ours almost exclusively. Love it. Especially the 'memory height' function which allows me to mount the roof-top cargo box where I want it (rearward) and prevent the hatch from hitting/breaking the box.
Great feature. Not sure I would attempt an aftermarket solution, that look more troublesome than it's worth. But it definitely was of value in the decision to go with touring model.