I went the white lithium grease route and all is well. Seems better anyway, pull the handle and door opens easily. I would suggest to all before going to the stealership to try the lithium route first. A few liberal sprays on the lock assembly, as well as in the key holes (I know I should have used graphite but couldnt find it) and my key turns like factory new, door opens better. There still seems to be a bit of pressure when the door opens but I am going to assume that this is due to the frameless windows and bmw's way of making a tight seal. At least until something else shows up. I did my trunk latch and key assemblies as well, much smoother on the key assembly now. Good luck to everyone else having this problem.
As far as the mechanic goes, he isnt a body guy, told me that up front so I dont blame him for mis-information on this subject. He has been working on bimmers for about 12 years now and his lead mechanic has around 30 years experience. They do great work and offer up even better FREE advice. He was just wrong in this case I guess. Now if I can just get rid of the annoying squeek, which is now starting to sound like a grinding sound, in my steering wheel assembly. I saw a faq somewhere about how to fix this but I am not to keen on removing the airbag.
I mentioned this to the same mechanic, said its a common thing and annoying but there is some sort of 'ring' behind the wheel that needs to be replaced, the lube is drying up. I inquired as to what kind of lube to use to eliminate the squeek and grind but was informed that because this is a electrical contact for the airbag that if I lube it my airbag might not work anymore. This part is something like $250 or so, not sure about this so if you have any opinions let me know.
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