I would second dropping the pan. Most likely if the tranny has gone 59K+ without change your gonna need to change the filter. I'm not sure how much experience you have had, but I did it for my first time last year and it was simple enough.
I also definately recommend synthetics (AmsOil or Mobil 1).
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