Ha ha, I look like a fool! I should explain...
I ended up at the dealer because they are 11km from my house. I was meaning to get a CAA membership but kept putting it off...then *boom* went my clutch, so I got CAA. After the first 48 hours your 'basic benefits' kick in which is a 10 km tow.
The cost of towing the car to RPM from my house in Pickering made the total more expensive then the dealer. Bimmersport is further again and I couldn't wait the 7 days until my 'CAA plus benefits' = 200km tow, kicked in.
My experience at the dealer was surprisingly good.
BMW drops the price on the part down to $310 if you have them do the labour. So, the bare bones clutch job ends up being $686. If you call the service dept. they will quote you $820 for the clutch 'value pack'. which included some additional bearing you may or may not need.
I did not need the additional bearing but did require a few exhaust bolts and such, so my total was $686 for the clutch and an extra $60 in misc parts.
If my CAA was in full effect and I didn't desperately need my car that week, my business would have gone to support one of the shops that advertises here.