Originally Posted by shortseller
My guess is your local authorized BMW service shop doesn't care if they get paid from you or from BMW for the most part. If fact I would tend to lean towards they would rather make you happy, with less out of pocket, to keep you coming back after you are out of your 4/50 warranty.
The dealership doesn't care but they're afraid of the local rep. If they would approve a repair like that and the local rep found out that it was something that shouldn't have been approved, you can trust that the dealership most likely wouldn't be paid.