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question about using parts from 06 530i on my 04 525i

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Question question about using parts from 06 530i on my 04 525i

Ok so I have a 04 525I, Automatic Transmission, M54 Engine. I recently found a 2006 530i at a junk yard not to far away that has more than a few parts in perfect condition still so what I want to know is how much of the car I can use without having to do too much installing the new stuff into my car.






1| ok first off I know that the engines look different but how different are the actual parts on them? I'm asking in reference to the air filter housing box, mainly the lid part, on my car when u unlatch the box an open the lid there is only one filter inside & it's the regular air filter nothing else, on the 530i its the exact same box, clips, & filter the only difference is on the inside of housing lid the car in junkyard[530i] has a filter inside which almost looks as though it is part of the lid and I believe it even says do not remove on the lip of the filter up inside there. I can't seem to find any diagram of this so I'm wondering if the filter housing box on my car should have that 2nd filter inside the lid or if that is something particular to the 530's? if not, would it do anything to help my car if I was to pull it off and install it? as far as I can tell it would be an easy install because the parts are so close to the same they may be identical.|

2| The next thing is in regards to the outside mirrors, the 530i have folding mirriors, I just have the heated mirriors with autodip but they don't fold tho I have them coded too so I think they just don't have the motors inside, would it be simple to uninstall them and then install them on mine since I already have a semi electric mirriors im taking it that all the needed wiring has been ran im just missing those motors?|

3| The next thing im not sure what it is but if im correct I think it is the amp/module for the hifi system, it is mounted on the drivers side rear wheel well behind the panel pieces that come out near where the Bluetooth module goes, I don't believe I have that mod so I was wondering if its possible to install in my car without having to tear too much of it apart to run anything, also if it would even be worth it to instsll?

4| Window Sun Shades- The 530i[Junkyard Car] has them on all windows in great shape still an before I pulled them off I just wanted to make sure that they would bolt right onto mine without having to cut or change anything within my door panels?|

5| Heated Steering Wheel/Steering Colum- the 530i has a heated steering wheel while I just have a normal electric steering wheel, as far as I can tell they look like they would definantly work if swapped but before I did the work I just want to make sure as well as find information on what parts if anything special I need to grab from the 530i in order to install the things correctly in my car.|

6| Heated Seat Module/ Controls- the 530i has heated seats, however the seats in my car look identical [Sport Seat Package] just without the heating, what im wondering is how hard it would be to uninstall the controls an mod along with whatever inside the seats that warms them would be? Also could I get away with only the mod & controls since we have the same seats or would I need the seats along with everything else?

7| DVD Drive- I currently done have any dvd drive, I have the 6-disk changer in the glovebox[Same as 530i] and a single disk slot right under the a/c controls, the 530i has the same thing plus the second disk drive, which says dvd on it, right under the first drive, would it be a hard task to uninstall that setup from the 530i & then install it into my 525i?

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