Our water pump saga
My wife's 2008 V6 Limited (which we have been very pleased with generally) started getting noisy around the water pump area about two weeks ago ... just as the odometer turned 60,000 miles (naturally). Within days it was so noisy that it was clear what was wrong. There was never any visible sign of leakage and we never needed to add coolant. Once I started looking into what it took to replace the pump, I was pretty upset.
I called Toyota Customer Service and they told me to have it inspected by a dealer and fax the estimate to them and they would review the situation. Somehow I got the wrong fax number, and we couldn't realistically wait to have the car repaired, so we let the dealer start on the approximately $650 estimate. Obviously they've figured out how to do the repair without removing the engine. It was fixed in about three hours and the dealer discounted it 10% to a total of $593. They said they found some evidence of leakage, but it was not obvious from above.
A couple days later Toyota called and said they'd cover the repair. In my fax, I made it clear that I knew from this forum that this was an ongoing problem with this engine. So it ends well ... but it's still way too early for a water pump failure.