Thanks for all the information in this thread. I tried a 4-corner pad swap and brake fluid bleed recently. I had trouble getting the front clips back in, but the following DIY series was somewhat helpful on that too: http://www.e90post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=613337
It took me waaaayyy to long to get through the job this time, but the first time is always the slow time.
The pads I was pulling only had 4200 miles on them (new car). Be forewarned, the front outside pads are glued into the caliper with something really strong. You will need to forcibly separate them from the caliper. I had to use a pry bar as a wedge and get it started with a mallet. Phew.