Is this a good idea and will it work effectively?
If you put a hose through a transmission input hole wouldn’t the pipe not make it to the bottom because of gears being in the way etc or is it still likely to work effectively?
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It can be done, to a certain extent. A tube may not go all the way to the bottom of the pan, but as the dipstick has to get a good way into the reservoir you will be able to get some of the fluid. However, it's not a good idea because: